Thank you so much for attending this show and showing your support for local art and our wonderful feathered friends! A very special thanks to Krista Eddy for curating this show and to my fellow artists to help make this experience possible. I have always loved birds. I raise them, care for them, and study them and they provide both peace and stimulation in my world. I am a confessed nerd for birds! I have my duckies in the back yard who help make it beautiful, and landscaped my yards to be bird friendly. My winged friends have so much life, personality, and attitude and I see my goal as an artist is to capture that essence.
My vision for this show was to capture local birds as living, breathing, creatures. I’ve used several techniques to portray birds in a living moment. I use brush strokes to help depict their attitude and motion. As we go through these pieces together I’ll show you how I develop the paintings, a little bit about the creatures I’ve studied, and a sense of my techniques in creating each one.
I enjoy bird paintings, but it is very easy for many of them to have a taxidermized and inert feeling. The challenge of painting birds is in finding the happy medium between the fine details of their plumage, and the essence of their life. Each type of bird (and each individual bird) has their own personality and behavior and I find that, as an artist, I can study one bird in detail and find a whole new subject when I meet another. So these pieces here have sought to find that medium between detail and essence. I have also released some of my studies and sketches so you can see the process I go through in creating each piece.