I made the studies for this scene from sketches of the resident jays near my feeder. The red highbush cranberries turn a bright red by mid-winter and attract many birds. By late winter when the berries are more tender due to the many thawings and freezing, the birds find a colorful meal waiting to be readily eaten.
Signed, numbered, limited edition print of 221.
Image size: 13 1/2" x 10 1/2"
For those of you who enjoy the tradition of open-air impressionist paintings, my work holds great appeal. These paintings are distinguished by the varried brush strokes and rich color. For me, the essence of the painting begins on the scene. I will use either oil, watercolor, gouache, or pencil, as long as I record what excited me about the scene. I like to focus on surprises, the unexpected, an object of beauty that has been overlooked.
For me it's always refreshing to get a different perspective about painting. As a result, I enjoy seeing the work of other artists, Over the years, I have studied with a few of the best:
Tom Lynch, watercolor
Nite Engle, watercolor
Scott Christensen, oil, landscape
Jim Wilcox, oil, landscape
Daniel Gerhartz, oil, figure and portrait
Matt Smith, oil, landscape.
Each of these artists have given freely of their knowledge. Each have helped me grow as an artist and their outlook on life and living in a creative world has contributed to my growth personally. I continue to refer their ideas and the many notes I've taken.