Over 40,000 years ago, we began to depict animals in cave drawings. Throughout history, mankind's consistent portrayal of animals in art is a testament to the importance of our connection with the animal kingdom. As mankind evolved, so did our artwork. We began to not only depict but personify animals. We began to see our human emotions in animals. This anthropomorphism or personification connected us to animals on a deeper and more emotional level. This collection of work is my perspective and portrayal of the animal kingdom. As a portrait photographer, my intention is for these animal portraits to speak to us. What they say depends on the conscious and subconscious feelings we embody. By photographing each animal in-studio on a neutral background, I am creating a portrait that is focused on the animal only and often the eyes are the focal point. This deconstructive approach to portraiture allows us to experience the creature in a way otherwise not possible. Through this language of simplistic portraiture, these photographs are aimed to elicit an emotion in the viewer. Whether it's beauty, power, or humor, I want to give animals the opportunity to tell their story and to connect with you us an emotional level.
This portrait of Sheena is decidedly feminine. I've been lucky to have the amazing experience photographing big cats. I've created portraits of lions, tigers, cougars, panthers, cheetahs, and two spotted leopards. In person, the spotted leopard is without a doubt the most stunning. The spots, the pattern, the color, the strength, the grace is overwhelmingly beautiful. I hope my pictures do them justice. This is Sheena who had such amazing and calming presence on set. Sadly she passed away from a rare disease 2 months after this photograph was taken. She is dearly missed. 76.2 × 95.3, Edition of 15, Contact for price; 101.6 × 127, Edition of 10, Contact for price; 121.9 × 152.4, Edition of 5, Contact for price;