"My approach to each project is varied but with a common aim: to become very familiar with the subject matter by having first hand experience. This usually involves going out into the forests, taking photographs, sketching and enjoying the tranquility. More on this 'engagement' process below right.
Places like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (and hospital) are also a great place to study birds of prey in particular (one of my favourite subjects).
I invariably then work in my studio from my reference photos and sketches taken whilst exploring the landscape. Images are refined by cropping, selective editing and careful re-organisation guided by compositional principles.
The finished artworks, whilst appearing ‘realistic’, have a mood or quality intended to convey feelings that I hope people might relate to from their own experiences and enjoy being reminded of them."
Andy Reimanis, Caldera Wildscapes Gallery
60a Murwillumbah St. (Main St) Murwillumbah, NSW
I work with two distinct approaches when painting wildlife as subject matter. The first one involves painting an opportunistic wildlife encounter......a fleeting scene, usually full of vitality, and perhaps intrigue. Having experienced these ‘magic moments’ myself out in the field, I then rely on wildlife photographers who may have captured something similar on film, to assist with the detail.
The second approach is to paint a focussed portrait, an eye-to-eye confrontation, by the viewer, with the subject. The artwork is firmly about the subject matter, not distracted by styles, interpretation or opinions. I don’t presume to mess around with it.....just try to do justice to the way nature intended. Sometimes I just paint it larger than life.