In these series, I create images that relate to the killing of animals. I found my references in blogs and similar sources online, posted by the people who participated in the act. I do not spin the works to promote a viewpoint other than focusing the viewer's attention on the animal. Because many of these drawings capture a moment of pride that directly relates to an act of violence, they provoke judgment. The physical contact between the hunters and their prey, the eye contact between trapper and animal, or the inclusion of family members in the pose, adds to the ambiguity. I am interested in how the images' meanings change based on assumptions viewers make about what they see. The drawings function as documentation and reflection.

 

Timber Wolf, Tagged
2013
charcoal and pastel on paper
50"x35"
Hung Bear with Heel Tag
2014
pencil on paper
11"x8.5"
Ballistic
2015
charcoal and pastel
43"x26.5
X-Factor
2014
pencil on paper
10"x7"
Elephant
2013
pencil on paper
11"x8.5"
private collection
Bear Claw
2014
pencil and colored pencil on paper
8.5"x11"
Deer, Lifted
2012
charcoal and pastel on paper
41"x46"

private collection

Trapped Coyote, Snarling
2013
pencil on paper
12.5"x10"
private collection
Four Wolves
2014
pencil on paper
12"x10"
Giraffe
2012
pencil on paper
7.75"x9"
Hog with Mouth Propped Open
2014
charcoal and pastel
22"x30"
Zebra
2013
pencil on paper
9"x12"
private collection
Cougar, Eye Open
2013
pencil on paper
8"x12"
private collection
Trapped Coyote, Leg Out
2014
pencil on paper
11"x8"
Trapped Bobcat, Paw Forward
2013
pencil on paper
11"x8.5"
Bobcat, Looking Up
2013
pencil
11"x8.5"
Cougar, Slumped
2013
pencil on paper
8"x12"