Why paint pictures of stuffed animals? Because they are fluffy and furry, but mostly because I enjoy lighthearted subject matter these days. While the concept of this new work explores the comfort plush objects can provide during uncertain times, my process focuses mainly on recording tonal shifts that define form.

I begin my painting process by selecting a stuffed animal, usually from the gift aisle at the grocery store. At the studio, I set up a still-life and sketch the scene on to canvas using thinned paint. I then build up layers of paint working from dark to lighter values, alternating between painting the foreground and background.