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Image by Birmingham Museums Trust

My Painting Process

How I create my paintings and the reason why I want to contribute to help protect them for their future

Male Amur Tiger

The first painting in my collection of endangered cats is a handsome male Amur Tiger, I started with a simple pencil line drawing not adding any specific detail, just highlighting where the features should appear for example his eyes and nose and stripes. In the next stage, I created a very dreamy, blurred background, the reason behind this was because when I studied this tiger he seemed to be sadly concentrating on something. The next stage was to simply block in color on the tiger to end up filling the canvas. Next, I started work on the detail of the fur and finally after a loving amount of finely detailed brush strokes the painting was complete. Each painting can take up to 3-4 months from start to finish. My title for this painting is: “Staring into an unknown future”


Amur Tiger Fact:

There are only an estimated 450 of these magnificent Amur Tigers left in the world due to illegal logging and poaching in Russia parts of China and North Korea.

African Lioness

Using the basic same technique, a simple correct anatomy feature sketch is made from a reference photograph, in this painting I photographed a Lioness residing at Longleat Safari Park. The background started with a simple greenwash, but as more and more detail was added to the Lioness the painting seemed a bit bland. This female was staring and looking for her mate, so I decided to increase the intensity of the background to show a more focused feeling.

African Lioness Facts:

Female lions are the pride's primary hunters and leaders. They often work together to prey upon antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, and other large animals of the open grasslands. Many of these animals are faster than lions, so teamwork pays off. Female lions also raise their cubs communally.