The Mind and Practise of Michael Felber

Arctic Father - 22.5” x 30”, colored pencil on paper

Since the beginning of the new year I have had the pleasure of engaging in a regular exchange of emails with London-born artist, Michael Felber. Felber now resides in Port Townsend, Washington, just on the coast, north-east of the Olympic National Park. After an engaging and vibrant career Felber has an impressive oeuvre, with a personal fascination to animals and nature. His works have been exhibited across the world and are consistently praised for Felber’s attention to detail and exquisite treatment of animals facial expressions. With this in mind, I would like to share with you an insight into the extraordinary mind and practise of Michael Felber.

Lorna: In your artist’s statement you assert; “I compose my drawings to bring the viewer close enough to get to know the animal as an individual.” What first inspired you to delve in and consider the conscious mind of the animal kingdom? And when engaging with these animals in the wild how do you manage to get so close — in particular to Bears? And have you ever found yourself landed in a difficult situation out in the wild?