Hercules - Oil on Canvas - 28" x 36"
Hercules was a Snow Leopard who fell victim to the trend for wild animals in the entertainment industry. He ended up unwanted and displaced, until rescued by "Big Cat Rescue" in Florida. There he lived, not the life he should have, but a relatively long and happy one for his circumstances. I did this Portrait for their Annual Fur Ball fund raiser in 2012. Sadly Hercules died during the time I was doing it and they kept it in his memory.
Chinese Leopard 23" x 23" - Oil on Canvas - framed
I met this gorgeous leopard at the Wildlife Heritage Trust for endangered species. I was with a group of photographers and became fascinated with him. Since it seemed mutual, I kept popping back for more photographs while the rest of the group moved on. On my fourth return, something hit the glass between us at such velocity I nearly lost the camera! Turned out there were two leopards in there and his thoroughly irritated hidden mate had four footed the glass in a blur of motion and force! No-one was hurt and I took the hint and tootled off!
White Fire 18" x 24" Oil on deep-edged Canvas
Artists collection - Prints coming soon
White Tigers are amongst the most stunning and sought after of the Big Cats. This is rather a misfortune for them as they are unscrupulously bred to try to produce the white gene. Many failures come to a bad end. Nevertheless, they still occur both naturally and otherwise and although the ethics involved may be questionable, their beauty certainly isn’t! I hope this painting shows something of his powerful presence and the mystical element all white tigers seem to possess.
White Lion - Oil on Canvas 24" x 26"
I met this handsome lion while visiting Siegfried and Roy's secret garden, "The Mirage" in Las Vegas. He was so majestic and had an immensely powerful presence! I have set him here in an African night background, which seems suited to his mystic presence and I perceive him almost as a spirit lion.
Suma Baby – Oil on Canvas - 16" x 20"
An oil on canvas portrait of one of the first Sumatran tiger cubs born in the UK. I was lucky enough to meet and photograph him and his sibling at the time at The Kent Wildlife Heritage Foundation for endangered species. Because they are so critically endangered in the wild, this is a very important baby and they featured on the BBC's One Show at that time.
I have a passion for all animals but especially Big Cats and Arabian Horses. These original Oil paintings are mainly done from my own photographs of the animals. You can see more photos of the work itself, including close-ups, side views and in-situ views in my Etsy Shop, The Magic Paintbox. For personal commissions, if you have a picture you would like painted, you can email me the link or photo for a quote here [email protected]
White Knight 24" x 32" - Oil on Canvas
An Oil Portrait of a beautiful Arabian, based on the Champion Stallion, El Nabila b, who I had the great honor of meeting a few years ago at his then home in California! I have concentrated on the sculptural elegance and strength of form and used a limited and muted palette which complements his power and grace.
Curious Companions 20" x 20"
Oil on deep-edged Canvas
While driving with friends in the West of Ireland, I spotted these two beauties in a nearby field and shot off to photograph them; deaf to the outraged cries of my companions on whom I apparently unleashed a million midges as I went! These ponies were extremely curious and friendly and I am on a promise to return with carrots, since they posed here for free!! The work is on block canvas painted all around the sides, so no frame is required. It is very three dimensional in impact.
Cow in Poppies 16 x 20 - Oil on Canvas
I saw a herd of beautiful white cows in Clare Morris Park, when visiting my sister in the West of Ireland in 2015. This one was somewhat apart from the rest, chilling out and looking extremely content with the day and her spot. She was such a beauty I knew had to paint her when I got home. I have placed her luxuriating among the surreal greens and reds of a Poppy field we saw in the same park that day.
Allah's Gift - 18" x 22" Oil on Canvas
This painting was the first in a series in which I wanted to celebrate the mythical beauty and allure of Arabian horses. I named it "Allah's Gift" as according to legend, these horses were created from the wind itself by Allah on the last day of creation. Fittingly this one was purchased by a client from the Royal court in Riyadh.
Oil on Canvas - 18" x 22"
Legend has it that on the last day of Creation, Allah whispered the command “Incarnate" to the wind itself and there stood the Arabian horse. These are the finest, bravest, most beautifully formed of horses and if you ever see one run, you will understand the story. This painting was the second in what I hope to make a series and a companion piece to “Allah’s Gift”.
Oil on Belgian Linen - 16 x 24
The subject is a leopard I met and photographed at a species preservation sanctuary a few years back. His magnetism and power fascinated me and this painting was based on a photograph I took just moments before his hidden mate sprang at me from amongst the foliage! Fortunately, glass separated us and I beat a hasty retreat with my photos and person intact.
Sporting Dolphins - Oil on Block Canvas 24" x 31"
I was inspired to paint this from photos I took while visiting Siegfried and Roy's "Mirage" in Las Vegas. I saw many beautiful dolphins who appeared truly happy. I dislike seeing wild creatures in captivity generally, but have to admit these animals seemed really carefree. They only perform if they feel like it; which visitors are told when they arrive. We were lucky, as just as we were leaving, they decided to pop up and play. I have set them here where I know they really should be, cavorting in a coral reef in the open seas. This large work is on block canvas, painted all round the sides, so needs no frame.