I sometimes watch people looking at my work, then they turn to me and say “Did you paint that?” People often think my work is created with some trick of digital technology, or they think it’s a photograph.
I like to think that my work is more than a photograph. The initial design is often conceived at the photography stage but in addition to photographs I often use field sketches, and props like bark and feathers to compose the final piece. The finished design is a balance of composition and lighting that’s more than a photograph.
In 2005 I was selected for the first time as a Ducks Unlimited (DUL) National Portfolio Artist. That marked the start of me career as a professional artist. Since then I have been selected among 100 of the world’s top bird artists by the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum – Birds in Art Exhibition. From the 100 successful artists, 50 are selected to do a nationwide US tour and my painting, Peonies & Chickadee appeared with paintings from top international artists, Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders.
Birdscapes – a Pop-up Celebration of Birdsong, which I illustrated in 2008, is a remarkable feat of paper engineering with 7 different geographical spreads, from the Arctic tundra to the Sonoran Desert. When you open the pages the bird sing (in stereo). It was featured in the Dec 2008 Oprah magazine as a top 10 gift to buy for Christmas. Published by Chronicle – it’s available from Amazon.
I am honoured to be a member of Artists for Conservation, which is a juried membership of 500 wildlife artists from around the world.
In 2005 I was selected from thousands of artists worldwide to appear in Internatinal Artists publication – How Did You Paint That – 100 Ways to Paint still Life and Florals.
- 2009/2010 Leigh Yawkey Woodson – Birds in Art exhibition
- 2009/2020/1011 Artists for Conservation (2nd in People’s Choice 2010)
- 2006/2007 Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio
- 2005 – How Did You Paint that – International Artist.