“It all begins with the eyes of an animal. I’m looking for an expression that emotionally touches me. From the time I was a child, I was drawn to the pure, unconditional love in an animal’s eyes. That emotional connection is what I strive to capture and share with others who feel that same kindred spirit with animals.”
I am a San Francisco Bay Area native whose love of animals and nature inspires my watercolor paintings. From the realistic to the whimsical, I enjoy featuring domestic, wildlife, farm and exotic animals in my work.
I learned to paint late in life and began painting full-time in 2008 as a pet portrait artist, resulting in over 100 commissioned watercolor portraits. The demands of commission work soon gave way to my desire to paint non-commissioned work reflecting my love of all animals, in real and imagined settings.
While my representational painting style is known for its softness, my passion is capturing the expression, personality and essence of my subjects within their eyes. I have developed my own unique painting style utilizing many layers of paint and bright colors to create the soft texture of fur. Much of my work has a simplified or no background which places all the focus on the animal. This minimalist approach leaves the viewer with an unadorned appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of the animal.
While all creatures in the animal kingdom are special to me, my favorite subject matter is rabbits. I enjoy partnering with various Rabbit Rescue agencies to paint from their photos of rescued rabbits, and in turn I donate my artwork to benefit their cause. I find this work deeply rewarding and a chance for me to help raise awareness and funds for these rescued animals who need adopted homes.
Inspired by the life and career of Beatrix Potter, my dream is to live on a rural farm where I can rescue animals and paint them. Until then, I paint in my Belmont home studio where I am inspired by my rescued dog and the surrounding wildlife.
The Silvestri Girls (Polly, Precious and Sydney)
dressed as The Three “Little” Pigs, 2008