Jackson-based artist, Judith Dragonette creates images of wildlife iconic of her valley home. Inspired by the cave paintings found in places like Lascaux, her paintings express a primitive, innocent quality born of a deep desire to communicate a passion for these creatures.
Inspired by my son-in-law to paint a bear for his son, my grandson, I thus began an exploration into bears. I love seeing them in the wild. Although so elusive compared to the buffalo, the bear is just as grand, and just as sacred. My most valued compliment from New York painter and Art Critic, Maureen Mullarkey, was that "They are all great designs. They have a heraldic look - a single bear rampant on a field."
Prehistoric looking creatures that quietly move together in herds, or later, alone when they reach the end of life. I have been very fortunate to be able to express my love for these majestic animals, visually, trying to capture the essence of their spirit. For the past few years, it has been an honor to have been painting them, each similar, yet so different. I hope to continue painting and sharing space with these magnificent animals, these messengers of life.
These horses are mainly mustangs, numbered for a fate beyond their control. Unshod, shaggy, and sometimes small due to poor grazing. However, to me, they are beautiful in their proud wildness, endurance, courage, and agility. I hope to honor them with these paintings.
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