Geerts started her professional art career with a move to the West coast in 1987. After exploring many materials she fell in love with acrylic painting and has been working in the medium ever since. During this time, she also worked as a news videographer, and started creating sculpture, joining the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild. Geerts began showing her work professionally in 1997, and has been consistently represented by a number of galleries since that time.
A friend of mine recently adopted a hairy, Scottish cow and has regaled us with photos of Maisy growing up and travelling to all sorts of places (photo shopped I’m sure!) She seems like such a lovely pet. I wonder how big of a yard you would need……
Sheep have been getting a bad rap in popular culture for a long time now as interchangeable blind followers. I’d like to give them back their individuality.
I grew up on a farm and I used to sit as a child pouring over the encyclopedia Britannica studying various animal species. I could name obscure breeds of dogs, cows, sheep what have you. I’ve always had an obsession with animals and they’ve always featured prominently in the artwork I do. Nowadays I tend to do portraits – though not pet portraits. I love to create laughing foxes, grumpy bears and silly llamas.
I imagine wild animals have big personalities just like our closer companion pets do. I do a lot of portraits of creatures laughing, morose, grumpy or silly. Not to make them more human, but to help us see that they have personalities and complex lives all their own.
I find I constantly pore over images of animals just as I did as a child – though I don’t spend much time memorizing obscure facts about them the way I did as a kid. I haven’t really done much navel gazing to delve into the reason for my obsession; I just happily spend part of each day looking through animal images. Maybe I should think a little more deeply about it… or not.