Black and white photos, which lack color, may have a nostalgic and occasionally serious influence on their subjects. With this in mind, artist Sarah Still employs a restricted grayscale color palette in her ongoing series of oil paintings to highlight the magnificence of animals. Up-close views of many species are included in these gigantic works of art, which are as stunning as they are beautiful.
Still, who had previously worked as a makeup artist for cinema and television, switched to painting animal portraits full-time in 2016, after developing the hobby on the side. Her closeness to British Columbia’s magnificent outdoors serves as a continual source of inspiration. Many of her themes are located in the natural landscapes of Canada’s West Coast.
She depicts a variety of creatures in her paintings, from howling wolves to open-eyed owls. The majority of these subjects are in close proximity to the spectator, with a suggestion of a background peeking out from behind them. This allows the spectator to focus on the realistic elements, such as the feel of hair, whiskers, and feathers, that Still incorporates into her renditions. It’s all part of bringing them to life. “Animals have no ego, and every photograph is genuine,” she says. “It’s a joy to depict each creature’s passion and individuality on canvas.”
For the time being, the artist has no plans to paint anything new. “One day, my art may expand to encompass other themes,” Still says, “but for now, I’m enjoying the beauty of animals and reminding my viewers that our environment is shared.”
Sarah Still, a Canadian artist, makes stunning black-and-white animal images.
She draws inspiration from British Columbia’s varied nature.
Her pictures resemble genuine grayscale images of several animal types.