Ha! an easy one for me, I love to draw and paint chickens, maybe because we had them in my backyard when I was a kid. They are such a great shape to draw. Homegrown eggs are the best, and I love the sounds they make poking around the yard, but I sure did hate cleaning out the coop.
It all began when my aunt gave me The Tyger Voyage (by Richard Adams)when I was fourteen. Looking at Nicola Bayley's glowing illustrations made me want to paint some of my own. I still love her work, and I still have that book.