Jen Starwalt started creating large-scale wildlife portraits when she settled in Brevard, North Carolina. Her love for nature has driven her into becoming the popular wildlife artist she is today.
What make her portraits unique is the way she paints wildlife with a colorful palette. She does not use the natural color of these animals, instead, she uses a variety of colors to make her paintings more vibrant and appealing.
As for the process, Starwalt “paints on an oxidized sanded paper made specifically to grab hold of the small granules of a soft pastel. She first blocks out all major shapes of light and shadow as an oil painter would do, then builds up layer upon layer of color to achieve her final painting,” according to her website.
Starwalt hopes that through her artwork, people will appreciate wildlife more and get reconnected with nature. . “We are all connected on this one earth we share,” she says. “I hope when you look into each portrait that you feel it too.”