Why I paint cows- the truth revealed
After that, I attempted a few more cows in the field realistically and even a Van Gogh style painting with lots of impasto texture, but hadn't really found my own voice or confidence in painting them.
For one of my birthdays someone sent me a T-shirt that had cows on it and the spots were all different colors. I really liked it and thought to myself, "Hey wouldn't it be fun if all of the cows were all different colors."
I agreed with myself and that's what started me off with the colored cows. I liked painting them in sort of a balloonist fashion without eyes or much detail being able to express the cows thoughts, emotions or attitudes without getting into facial expressions, so they became sort of abstract. My first ones were a little rougher around the edges than those that I have painted in the years since. They were acrylic on board illustration board whereas later works are on canvas.
The more of them I painted, the more I found my mind kind of reverting into the corners of my childhood imagination, putting the cows in all types of impossible situations and in places where cows can't possibly be. I started to call my style- "Folk Art Meets Surrealism."
In my world, the cows can do anything that they want- things I can't do and things that are pretty funny. They've taken on a life of their own and keep expanding they're territtory, even wandering into my "People on the Couch" paintings and stampeding onto my pottery. They really are just out of control!