A few years ago, I decided to turn my love of story, and my experience in realistic painting to illustrating stories for children of all ages. I published my first wordless picture book, Pandamorphosis, in 2014. I have several new projects in the works.
I also love humor, comics, and pandas, not necessarily in that order. I publish my panda satire comics on my blog The Panda Chronicles, as well as in five (and counting) print collections of the cartoons.
Woozles, if you don’t know, are a wild beast that makes a brief non-appearance in Winnie the Pooh, in the chapter, Pooh and Piglet go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle. As I was searching for a title for this site, and as all the really arty or profound titles that I thought up turned out to already be taken, I turned to my favorite go to source for inspiration, Winnie the Pooh. As usual, Edward Bear did not disappoint.
Art and illustration, not to mention a career in the same, is an illusive beast, and possibly one of the fiercer animals in the Hundred Acre Wood. And so, I decided that Catching Woozles was the perfect name for this website.
What I believe:
That we have a need for beauty, that it makes our lives better and happier. We need laughter and stories, and we need to make them part of our everyday lives. We need to follow our passions and stand fast in our creative pursuits. Having spent over four decades in honing my skills as a painter and draftsperson, I have no wish to throw that away to follow the latest trend.
Worth a Thousand Words:
While my training and work up until now has been in the visual arts, I have been working on writing, in my comics, on blog posts for my own blogs and as a guest poster around the internet. It’s a new creative outlet, and I am enjoying it immensely. I am working on a graphic novel starring Inspector Panda.
After receiving a BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art, Anne Belov moved west and, since she didn’t learn everything the first time, went to art school again, receiving an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. A militant realist painter, she refuses to believe all the rumors that painting is dead. She now makes her home on Whidbey Island. There are, to her knowledge, no pandas in her backyard. Her main regret in life is that there is no MacArthur Foundation Grant awarded in the field of panda satire.