This is a small selection of my wildlife scratchboard portraits. The gallery showcases different species, sizes, textures, and techniques. Featured here are some of my all-time favorite wildlife scratchboards and several crowd favorites too - all celebrating unique and finite details!
The Scratchboard Shop
Scratchboard artwork available for purchase can be viewed in The Scratchboard Shop!
(Not all pieces featured on this page are still available for purchase.)
Custom scratchboard pet portraits and custom wildlife artwork are available year-round.
For more important information about commissioning a pet portrait, head to the Commissions Page.
For more information about having a wildlife scratchboard created just for you, head to the Wildlife Commissions Page
Why I love Scratchboard
More About Scratchboard
My work is exclusively black and white. Scratchboard is perfect for detailed wildlife work because it's a high contrast medium and it produces very unique images that are difficult to attain in other mediums.
Scratchboard is an old, but resurging medium that many people, many artists, still are not familiar with. I really enjoy introducing people to scratchboard and encouraging others to try it. Different challenges come with each new piece - bring it on!
I have a three-part blog series answering your questions about scratchboard and my process:
I answer some of the FAQs further down on this page.
For more about the tools I use to create my scratchboard wildlife artwork, take a look at this blog post.
For a discussion and examples of basic scratchboard techniques for you to try at home, head to this blog post.
My Favorite Subject
I have always been completely fascinated by the creatures of Africa. They represent life as it was before us and signify what life is becoming because of us. Despite their many hardships, they survive. They are majestic and free. They are the royalty of the animal kingdom.
I focus on wildlife because of their beauty and want to help protect them. They deserve our respect and deserve to have their stories told. I hope to be a vessel for translating that story to more people.
History of Scratchboard
Scratchart is an old artform and was once used to illustrate magazines and newspapers, but was substituted with newer technologies. Scratchboard art is now experiencing a resurgence as a fine art medium.
The International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) provides a brief history here.