An exhibition of recent works by Rose Corcoran

In my drawings, I strive to capture the essence of the subject and to put on paper my reaction to that animal. I want the viewer to be struck by the presence of the animal and the beauty of the animal through the drawing. There is a great deal of power in a big cat. They are supreme predators and at the top of the food chain. A big cat is a creature to be feared and admired. I hope to represent these characteristics in my drawings.

I predominantly work in black and white, charcoal being my preferred medium. I often draw on a big scale because the animals exist by themselves on the paper, removed from their natural habitat. I draw my subjects alone so there is nothing to distract the viewer from the glory of the subject. The animals create their own powerful atmosphere. In the company of a big cat, you are immediately aware of your vulnerability and it is this weakness that I want the viewer to feel in front of my drawings.

Rose Corcoran