Sketches from Life
In order to give my artwork a authentic and lifelike quality, I often go out and sketch nature from life. Working from the actual living bird not only teaches me about it's movements and gestures, but gives me a more immediate record of the actual experience of seeing them.
This small selection of sketches shows my work directly from life and studies of captive birds and bird specimens.
Life sketch of a juvenile Herring Gull in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Life sketches of a winter Western Grebe from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.
Life sketch of group of Common and Roseate Turns resting on a sandbar in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Life sketch of a preening Snowy Egret from Great Island Wildlife Refuge in Lyme, Connecticut.
A life sketch of a Snowy Egret in the early morning light from Jamaca Bay Wildlife Refuge, N.Y.
A life sketch of a nest full of juvenile Great-blue Herons in a wooded wetland, Hillsdale, N.Y.
A life sketch of a nesting Silky Flycatcher in Costa Rica.
Life sketch of a Resplendent Quetzal near it's nesting site in Costa Rica.
Life sketch of a Sun Bittern hunting in the Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica.
Oddly enough, I searched for this bird in Florida without luck. This study was from a rare out of range bird in Deep River, Connecticut!
Life sketch of a Violaceous Euphonia from a captive bird in Trinidad.
Life sketch of a captive Coco Thrush from Trinidad.
Life sketch of a captive Silver-beaked Tanager from Trinidad.
A fresh window killed Yellow-billed Cuckoo study.
Life painting from my backyard in Madison Connecticut. These Morning Dover were waiting for me to fill my feeders on a snowy afternoon.
Life sketch of a group of Common Mergansers on an ice float in the Connecticut River in Deep River.
In 2001, we had a larger invasion of Snowy Owls. This painting was done from life on a warm December day at Hammonasset State Park in Madison.