Bongo by Deborah Lafogg-Docherty. All Rights Reserved.
You may think my paintings are photos at first glance but they are not, although I use photographs as one of my many tools. The most exciting part of being a wildlife artist is going out into the field to gather the reference and sometimes painting on locations. That means coming face to face with some of nature’s most prized possessions - its wild creatures. The most challenging part of what I do is translating the experience into a painting. I want the viewer to share my journey and the beauty that inspires me.
Photoshop is a computer program I most often use as a design tool. Creating value sketches before starting a painting really helps things to come together. I use light, color, composition, texture and atmosphere to capture the viewers interest.
My medium is pastel and may involve an under-painting for added luminosity and atmosphere. In pastel it could involve washes of color and turpentine or rubbing alcohol.