Why paint stuffed animals you ask? Because they are fluffy, furry and they can hold a pose like nobody’s business. For me this series marks a departure from my past work, a methodology shift from painting imaginary compositions to painting from life. This work ignores introspection and instead places value on the simplicity of the still object. There is no deeper meaning, only an exercise in recording the tonal shifts that give objects their form. I begin my process by selecting a stuffed animal in the gift aisle at the grocery store. Once back in the studio, I set up a still-life scene and sketch the scene on to a canvas using thinned paint. On average, a painting takes three or four sessions to complete.