Monday, October 31, 2011

Valley Quail 7"x 5" acrylic

Available through Collector's Covey, Dallas, TX
Quail are one of the most animated birds with the way they scurry along the ground in their ornate plumage. Standing on a rustic post this male takes a regal pose.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Dove and Oleander 5" x 5" acrylic


The second painting in a commissioned series -
A handsome dove sits among the tropical setting of oleander and philodendron. The structure of the feathers was particularly fun to depict as this bird had just finished fluffing them.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blue Jay and Bougainvillea 5" x 5" acrylic


In the Eastern United States, blue jays occur as far south as Florida and here one rests among a tropical setting creating a beautiful display of color.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tiger Swallowtail 8" x 10" acrylic

This painting was originally completed in 2008 as a mountain meadow. F0r a couple of years I looked at it knowing that it needed something else and finally decided on a tiger swallowtail butterfly. This painting will also be available at the upcoming Waterfowl Festival.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blackwater Reflections 8" x 10" acrylic

This is Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge just outside of Easton, MD in all of it's reflective glory! This painting will also be available in at the Waterfowl Festival in November.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pintail Solitude 12" x 16" acrylic $1900

I saw an image in church on Sunday morning that reminded me of a place I grew up duck hunting as a kid. It sparked a feverish inspiration that resulted in a painting marathon lasting until 2:30am last night and this is the end result. As I painted, I was continually reminded of some the classic etchings by Roland Clark that I used to ogle at as a kid. I kept the composition as simple as possible to make the scene lonely and quiet (as marshes can often be) creating a classic feel.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Evening Shores 5" x 7" acrylic

When storms begin to break up and the sun emerges through the clouds unique patterns emerge. Times like these seem to last for but a moment.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Reflections of Pine 8" x 10" acrylic $640

For some reason painting water is one of my favorite things to do. Whether it is a small bit in the distance or the subject of the painting, it is almost always present in most of my paintings. Here the calmness of the water creates an almost mirror like reflection in this wetland pond and the strong vertical presence of the pine trees are what inspired this painting.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wigeon Reflections 5" x 7" acrylic

An American Wigeon calmly swims through first ringlets of raindrops from a coming storm. The feathers of ducks are better than Goretex because they preen themselves with an oil produced by a gland near their rump. This causes water to bead up and roll off. Combined with the downy feathers underneath, ducks are perfectly warm in inclement weather as well.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brant and Teal 5" x 5" acrylic $245

This particular spot in Newport Bay, Oregon has a viewing blind that is a wooden framed, three-sided shack. The day I was out photographing these Brant the wind became so strong it was picking the side of the shack off of it's foundation! Because of the wind, many types of waterfowl flew close including greenwing teal. Bald eagles even swooped over the geese to look for sick or injured birds to prey upon.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blackwater Morning 8" x 10" acrylic

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a special place - particularly in the fall when migrating ducks and geese stop over. I spent a lot of time in this spot when I traveled to the Waterfowl Festival last year and have done several paintings. What struck me about this composition is the depth created by the wispy seed heads of the phragmites, a cattail-like reed common to wetland environments. For me, predawn is the most exciting time in a refuge as the wildlife is the most active and although there are not any birds in this painting, they certainly were present on this morning. I am looking forward to going back to the show again this November!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Afternoon Surf 9" x 12" acrylic

Churning surf stirs up the sand and a plethora of food for this flock of Marbled Godwits. These migrating shorebirds are filling up for their long journey south on the bounty left behind by the sea. The depth created by the different stages of the waves as well as the striking reflections of the birds are what inspired this painting.