Frans de Waal wrote: "To endow animals with human emotions has long been a scientific taboo. But if we do not, we risk missing something fundamental, about both animals and us."I paint the portraits of birds and animals as individuals. It is essentially anthropomorphism. I try to imbue these birds and animals with human emotions and motivations. I don’t know how they see the world. I am using them to reanimate the bond between an increasingly urban world and our own essential animal nature.

I hope that their portraits invite us to see the commonality; the stress, struggle, and fear imbu…