These mixed media paintings are a body of work currently in progress, with over 100 pieces planned to complete the series. The subject matter are all wildlife animals found in Kentucky that are legally considered huntable game. So far wildlife represented in this series includes coyotes, elk, mourning doves, rabbits, sandhill cranes, squirrels, whitetail deer, black bears, foxes, and turkeys, among others. Each piece in this series begins life as a blind contour drawing done in charcoal that is then "filled in" with oil paint and occasionally other media, including aquarelle stick and shoe polish or other randomly found materials found in my studio.
Having spent over 20 years as an exhibiting artist, as well as working for art museums and galleries, I have become aware of the deep, primal attraction art lovers and collectors develop to specific works of art and artists. Living in Kentucky, I am also acutely aware of culture of hunting, and how collecting and taxidermizing specimens can fill a similar need for outdoorsmen and women.
The physical characteristics of wildlife have evolved over millennia to to make an animal appear more attractive to other members of the same species (colorful plumage, large antler racks, bodily strength and size, etc.). Ironically, many of these characteristics have become valued by human hunters for collecting and displaying as well. This process, I believe, isn't too different than the ways artists have evolved their art and style in an attempt to stand out and attract their ideal collector-mates.
The Kentucky Game series was created to highlight those universal associations of attraction and collection that are found in the natural world, in the outdoorsman culture prevalent in places like Kentucky with identities strongly associated with living off the land, and in the global art world community. I love drawing attention to how some things have much more in common than they would originally appear to at first glance.
All work in the Kentucky Game series are paintings on a heavy-duty watercolor paper often thickly coated with multiple layers of gesso and paint. Some care should be maintained to preserve the work like avoiding excessive moisture, but they are generally more stable than most works on paper. Anyone who owns a Kentucky Game painting can decide how they prefer to display it. They can be hung loosely like a pelt on the wall from a few nail holes at the top, they can be mounted to a decorative backing like taxidermy wood mounts, or framed for a more formal display.
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You can also check out a selection of blockchain-based digital artwork based on this series on the Pixura platform by CLICKING HERE.