© 2019 Sam Dolman animal paintings

ABOUT ME

I have always been a keen artist but it wasn't until after University whilst pursuing a dull career in Accountancy that I realised my true calling.  I started painting seriously when I moved to Spain.  The sunsets were spectacular which I painted from a villa in the southern mountains.  When I returned to England, the Peak District motivated me in a different way.  One day I stumbled across some cows whilst photographing the landscape.  It was my first real encounter as I leant over a fence.  Soon they had all come over to give me a lick and say hello.  Cows, with their intelligence and curious nature remain my favourite animals to paint to this day.

 

 Nature provides me with a constant source of inspiration.  I often spend considerable time with the animals I paint; they all have unique personalities which I try to capture in oil paints.

 

I work very slowly, my paintings are usually worked on over several months to allow drying in between different layers.  Nowadays I paint entirely on wood.  I use synthetic brushes, carefully blending each brushstroke into the next to create a very smooth finish.