I am a professional artist specializing in nature and animal art. After having worked in other art media, I now work exclusively in fine art scratchboard. My scratchboard drawings are representational, many times without flamboyance and flair to present peacefulness. I observe and interpret what I see in my own way through my work. Scratchboard is a very tedious medium which takes many weeks to complete just one. I create it by removing the black ink layer (revealing the clay below) by scratching a layer off, then repeating it again and again to build depth and values. Everything in the image is made of a scratch of some kind. If in color, I paint those colors in after the black is removed, then the process begins again with layers of scratching that are interwoven with layers of coloring to build up depth and values.