From a very early age, I was fascinated by the natural world.  I was fortunate to grow up in an area with a lot of wildlands, and as a boy, I would supplement my encounters from hunting, fishing, and exploring, with textbooks filled with wildlife art.  I started sketching birds and animals around age 12, and enrolled in Art Instruction Schools, a correspondence-type art school, at age 14.  I never finished the curriculum, due to all the distractions that came with being in High School, but I learned some valuable techniques that I never forgot, and I have implemented those techniques in my own wildlife paintings and sketches in recent years.

If you have a passion for wildlife art, you are in the right place.  I have assembled a collection of video tutorials, reviews, and portfolios, to help you achieve your desire, whether you are yearning to sketch, sculpt, or paint wildlife.   The information found here can help get you on track to become an accomplished wildlife artist.

The first step in the process is getting good, detailed reference photos of your subject.  So, many professional  wildlife artists are also amateur photographers .  If you are going to sell your sketches or paintings, it is a good idea to start with an original photograph that you take yourself, to avoid Copyright infringement.  I would recommend starting with simple pencil sketches.  Later, you can physically transfer your sketches to your painting paper or board;  after all, painting is just drawing with a brush!

There is nothing more beautiful to me than a finely rendered painting, or sketch, of a bird or wild animal.  We can never replace the beauty supplied by our Creator, but the human hand can give a breath of life to a simple piece of canvas, evoking emotion in all that view his work, for ages to come.