As a little girl. every notebook I had was filled with drawings of animals and unicorns in the margins. It seemed inevitable that I would be an artist one day.
But after receiving my BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, I took an unexpected life journey, and spent the next 25 years creating award-winning advertising and graphic design projects. Those things kept me pretty busy, and for a long time my easel sat empty.
Then one day I realized just how much I missed painting, and started again. And realized that this was something I just had to do.
My focus has been on painting portraits of both animals and people. I feel that there is no landscape more intriguing than that of the face, and my work in this area is a continuous search to capture the individualism of my subjects.
A deep love of animals has lead me to create a series of works that depict the loving spirit and sensitivity of the animals we call pets. With every subject I paint, I want to discover that animal's unique personality and capture it. There's nothing I love more than catching the soft soulful look of a dog's eyes or the delicacy of fur. When I paint, I'm simply happy. And I hope that my work, brings that same happiness to others.
Hope Lane joined Fine Art America on December 30th, 2012.