Via a request from my friends Marz and Christopher, here are a few interesting artists who focus on animals. I hope to add to this in a few days, for now, it’s a good start and the styles are very different.

NOTE: i don’t know how to fix the blank space in the middle… scroll down 🙂


known best for a famous painting of pine trees in the mist, a lot of Hasegawa Tohaku’s other works include tigers, birds, fish, monkeys, etc.

Hasegawa Tohaku, Tiger, 1606




These are kind of strange and surreal… they are part Audobon, with the format of large Japanese painting, and a more surreal narrative

walton ford

walton ford

walton ford



a Japanese artist who incorporated some European style into his work

Rosetsu, Bull and Puppy

Rosetsu, Tiger



an artist I am really fond of. Charley Harper was from West Virginia, and was often hired by the National Parks Service to create posters and other illustrations. Harper emphasized geometric shapes and used flat colors to create dynamic compositions. He made so many works; I’m always seeing new ones every time I run a search.

Charley Harper, from the Giant Golden Book of Biology

glacier bay



a picture to cure all of january’s problems

having time now…

my first semester of teaching over, i’ve been finding time to do some other things! as well as post things i hadn’t gotten around to posting…

it’s been a long time, huh?

so sorry for the amount of RADIO SILENCE on the blog!

it is for good reason though. I have recently started teaching college drawing classes! This means I need to spend lots of time cooking up assignments, with an accompanying gravy of handouts and special activities. I think that after this first semester, teaching the same classes this spring will go by easier. I AM still drawing and painting, I just haven’t had the scanner access I used to! However, I hope to post some of the new art very very soon! Thanks for your patience!

meanwhile, i’d like to share with you this very bizarre text from an ebook site I found.


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and a strange pic i found as well…

Das Peterbuilt

das peterbuilt cropped.


Scene from the Armadillo Opera “Das Peterbuilt”. (drawn awhile back, forgot to upload…)



just finished this painting, don’t think i painted all summer… so i was nervous about starting. but it went okay.

click for larger image here

here’s detail pics of the ducks.




fell asleep reading

fell asleep reading