Just some boys at a reptile show. These guys beside me are two of my best friends in the whole world. I have known both since I was about 5 years old and we all initially bonded from our love of nature. I’m so grateful to have both of them still in my life to go on animal adventures with.
Had a great time at the Orlando Repticon, and met a lot of cool people! I even got reccognized a bit from this blog.
It was so hard not to take all the little buggers home :3
My name is Wesley James Lock I’m an artist and an aspiring biologist living on the west coast of Florida. For as long as I can remember I have loved two things, art, and animals. I started studying both from a very young age and my dream has always been to make a career out of it. Unfortunately I dropped out of school for personal and health reasons and recently had to quit my job as well. I had been working construction for the last couple years but kept getting injured and just can’t do it anymore.
I can still make art, and want to bring back to life my dream of making it as a wildlife illustrator. I’d love to start selling prints and doing commissions again to bring myself back into it.
If you like my work and are interested in buying or commissioning a piece please send me a message, or if you would be kind enough to share this I’d greatly appreciate it.
I work in a wide range of budgets and always enjoy a challenge. Thank you for taking the time to read this, be well <3
Standing in the fading mist of old growth pines and dewdrop covered moss I was breathless. I can count on a hand the times my heart has raced like that. For a moment I needed nothing, and wanted nothing, but to let that moment last.
Alright, so the most frequent ask I get is “When/How did you become interested in science and nature?”
And in true throwback thursday fashion here are some pics of super young Wesley and a short story.
The top image is of my mom and dad and I when I was five. She was a costume designer and writer for a living, and my dad was an art director so naturally they were very supportive of my interest in art but they both loved nature as well. They divorced when I was two but stayed very much in my life.
The second is of my first ever microscope. It was screen scope that projected the image onto a TV-like screen and allowed other people to see what you were looking at to! Not bad for a 1997 kid’s toy.
The third picture is of 7th my birthday that was, at a zoo, wearing a shirt that says “Alaska” with alaskan animals on it, my trusty lizard necklace, holding a piece of amethyst that my friend CeeCee got me (as well as some books on minerals/gems) almost all of which I still have today! (pictured below) and that blonde kid in the bottom left corner? Well that’s Nathan, my best friend to this day and the guy in the brown hat behind me on the boat. Did I also mention it was a DINOSAUR CAKE??
When I was eight or so though, my mother met a guy named Mike (Pictured next to nathan and I on the boat and also holding Nate’s chameleon.) Apart from being a wild southern boy, Mike was an avid outdoorsman and lover of animals. He taught my how to catch snakes, to fish, make a fire, pitch a tent, all of it. While my parents loved nature, he was the one who really showed me how to interact with it, how to walk softly through the woods and listen. My mother and Mike have been together for nearly 15 years and I credit him with much of my exposure to animals and the natural world.
So I can’t say for sure when or why it started but nature has certainly been my one true love throughout my entire life, and the encouragement I received throughout that time helped push me further to get as close as I can to as much of it as I can.
Though to be honest, even now when I see a wild animal I turn right back into that little blonde nerd with a terrible 90’s bowl cut…