Linda Budge

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 Do you use a camera?  This is a question I am asked rather frequently.  Absolutely!  Animals do not pose! But that being said,  I do not copy or project an image.  I use a camera for reference and accuracy, and even inspiration.  I have taken anatomy courses, studied animals in the wild, sketched them at the zoo, and taken innumerable workshops and classes.  I feel very comfortable moving legs, twitching an ear or tail to create emotion and expression.  I have also found that my audience prefers correctness and precise drawing.  By utilizing my ability to draw, I can create the scene that I have visualized.


Years ago, when I was a little girl, I would ride my bike to the Hogel Zoo to visit Alice an Asian elephant.  I was enthralled with her.  I would always share my peanut butter and jelly sandwich with her, thinking to myself that one day I would own an elephant.

Well, I may not own an elephant, but I can certainly draw one.  Painting an elephant or in my world today, painting a mule deer, or a coyote, a bobcat, rabbit or burro, gives me the same pleasure I had as a child watching Alice.

I can’t imagine doing a painting without an animal or bird of some sort.  It has been a constant theme in my art, and it is foremost in my mind when I start a new painting.

Since, I can’t commandeer Noah’s Ark, I can love animals by painting them; leaving a legacy of their existence and hopefully bringing to the viewer the same joy that I experience painting them.