Kelly traveled to the Galapagos in late September of 2009 to spend 40 days studying, sketching and photographing the unique animals and plants of the Islands. Her objective was to bridge the gap between science and art through a purposeful expedition of field studies, photographs, and interviews with experts of the region. Find out more...
Kelly Dodge AFC.,SAA., PSA.,PSC. Nature and Wildlife Art
To view clips of Kelly's creative process in the form of timelapse video and interaction with her subjects please visit her youtube link above.
The following photographs are just a few of the many relationships from over the years that I have developed with the wildlife that inspires my art. Prior to my decision in 2001 to pursue a career in art, I had the privilege of working for over 20 years with hundreds of behaviourally challenged children. Due to one tiny Carolina Wren that desperately needed my assistance in the winter of 1995/96 I began applying my skills at developing rapport and gaining trust with children to this particular bird. That first rapport with a wild bird has evolved into countless rewarding relationships with a wide variety of birds and animals. Over the years I've found that if one pays attention and looks closely enough that it is possible to recognize individuals. Nuances in detail such as flight style, feather markings, colour and temperament are some of the distinguishing features I look for. Through hand-feeding not only am I able to experience the bird physically but relationally as well. The true personality of the individual is revealed through the gift of trust. At the slightest suspicion of fear a bird alters its natural behaviour; it becomes hesitant and guarded. By gaining trust I am welcomed into their world. For me this is the first and most important step in my creative process as an artist. In order for my paintings to be believable I need to go beyond accurately recording details and convey the inward beauty of these precious feathered blessings.
Great Gray Owl
Limited Edition Book Available. Little did I foresee how this encounter with a lost Carolina Wren in the winter of 1995/96 would change my life forever. For more information about my book "Friends of Mine....an Artist's inspiration"....please visit my 'Artwork' page.