Paleo Art

My early sketchbooks (and schoolwork) have always featured prehistoric life. I chose to show them in a natural perspective, operating as part of their environment. It took some time before I learned that my dinosaurs could not be shown eating Hyracotherium left and right, but they were so nicely bite-sized! When I started my first dinosaur sculpture in 1997, many people told me that I had to make theropods with their jaws open, because that was the fashion. I went ahead and did that with my first two pieces. Since 2001, I have been sculpting and drawing extinct animals as I originally did: going about their business as animals. This is how I see them, even though it’s not the most cinematic way of showing them. Natural history is quite dramatic in reality, especially when you consider the battles, parasitism, and partnerships of plants, insects, and even microbes. With this approach to paleo art, I hope to make the viewers feel as though they have become field observers, stumbling across these animals.