I have a concise resume, have only recently started painting a few years ago at 55. I’m self-taught, working mainly in oils. I also use watercolors, colored pencils, charcoal, graphite, as well as, doing plein air landscape work.
I have always been in love with hawks, owls, and other raptors. To me, their beauty and regalness represent the best of nature. While others see their fierceness, I see their peace and sense of presence. In this series, I have zoomed in on their faces to highlight their amazing eyes and feathers. Raptors have some of the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, and they are striking when seen up close. Their feathers and their natural colors give the paintings a sense of softness and movement. To capture this, I used earthy, low-intensity oil paint, framed in simple shadow boxes.