Quote from Bruce: “ The majority of my oil paintings feature rescued cats and dogs. It is my desire to bring awareness to the homeless animals that need our help as well as to the shelters and groups that provide help to these animals.
I paint in oils on canvas, panel, or Belgium linen. My models either come from our home or friends. Whenever possible I want to use sunlight to bounce off the animal’s fur for extreme color variances that I can capture in oils and onto the canvas. Each painting is unique and each animal has their own story to tell, both past and present. When I am painting their fur, it’s more than brush strokes, I feel I am being their voice that will live on so that others will know their story and will hopefully inspire hearts. “
Bruce Strickland is a self-taught oil painter, inspired by a handful of artists, most notably, world- renowned Alabama artist Donny Finley. Bruce grew up in Talladega, Alabama. He was able to enjoy the beauty of small town America and the simplicity of simple living. Fascinated and inspired by light, and the love of animals, he has sought to show his inspiration though his oil paintings.
Bruce was recently accepted into the Oil Painters of America society. He has entered his work into several online exhibitions. His work is a consistent associate favorite in the Bold Brush Awards. He also finished as a finalist in the Gateway International Painting Competition. The Bruce Strickland Art Facebook page has drawn over 12,000 followers.