Leopoldine “Leo” Brew

I am devoted to capturing the grandeur of wildlife and conveying their fragile future to viewers through my paintings. In my communion with wild animals, I have long felt their equality with humans, and abhor the notion that humans are inherently superior to these grand living beings. They experience every emotion that humans do: pleasure and pain, hardship and joy, parenting and family bonds, stress and repose. I feel a compelling need to communicate through my work the overwhelming similarities between humans and animals.


I try to capture the personality and dignity of these creatures, much as a portrait painter attempts to convey not just a likeness, but the essence of the individual. Once I achieve a distinctive gleam in their eyes I feel a rush of accomplishment, and I know I’ve turned another corner in my painting process.