Why do I paint animals

I was 12 years old when I won first prize in a poster contest.  I had painted three large rabbits.  You could find rabbits, deer, dogs, mice, horses….. a lot of horses in my early sketches.  Animals, obviously made a huge impression on me as a child.  I can look back at these images and I can see that my personality was already forming.  I loved the outdoors and all the animals that lived in it.  Even today, I am still painting scenes that include wildlife.  A story told in each piece.  I can’t image doing a painting without an animal.  It has been a constant theme in my art and will be first and foremost in my mind when I start a painting.