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On the Prowl, A Portrait of a Raccoon
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On The Prowl, a Portrait of a Raccoon

"On the Prowl", a portrait of a raccoon, oil on linen, 14"x18". I just completed what I consider to be my first wildlife painting. It's based on an iPhone photo I took at the Wolf Centre in Haliburton Forest last summer. They have a museum with a wildlife exhibit. I first created a quick monochrome study and then gradually painted over it in colour using basic skin pigments left from afternoons of painting humans.

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If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know no substitute for the force and beauty of its process.

Henry James

Great art picks up where nature ends.

Marc Chagall

To be an artist is to believe in life.

Henry Moore

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

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Art doesn’t just capture the thrill of life … sometimes it is that thrill.

Julian Barnes

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvadore Dali

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.

Georgia O’Keeffe.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.

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