Growing up on the rolling prairie of my fathers farm, I had a deep appreciation for horses. When I wasn't spending time riding or just hanging out with them I was drawing them.
After high school graduation I put away drawing and began my life working and training horses. It wasn't until thirty years later that I began doodling while I was a Hippology Coach. When the girls were off testing during the competition I would spend my time drawing.
During the Western Art Week in 2015 at Great Falls, MT I first observed a Scratchboard artist. I was amazed by the detail she could achieve by using the tools she used to create her artwork. She told me which tools she used and that very day I went out and purchased them.
The panels I use are layered with white china clay and are airbrushed with either black India Ink or a choice of colored India Inks. Then the fun begins. I use razor blades/ X-acta knives, fiberglass brushes and nibs to remove the ink to engrave my image on the panel. Colored artwork is layered with ink using a paint brush.
The pieces I create are unique because of the detail. Imagine seeing a single blade of grass or a whisker in 3-D. Because that is what it is. Etched in clay.
From the field to the drafting table then finally being displayed in your home. Thank you for supporting my dream.
Kody out getting reference photographs.
Each etching is from the Artists experiences.