"Field Guide to the Birds of North America"

"Field Guide to the Birds of North America"

oil on canvas. 8"X10" each.
An on-going project - currently at 150 paintings
Individual arrays contain 30 paintings each.

I use each bird depicted in the original “Field Guide to the Birds of North America” as a starting
reference. But, my aim in each painting is to move beyond the rational thought system and bird
description and allow another system to take its place. This 'alternative system' is based on
allowing the Subconscious and what I would call my 'emotional center' to take over and express
the bird in a non-verbal, more direct way - a small, expressive,  intimate abstraction results.

 My subconscious seems to contain the history of non-objective painting in it, so this influence
reveals itself obliquely at times, and directly at times. The paintings play with the concept of non-
objective painting, in that an ‘object’ - the bird - is already established, forcing the mind to accept
the non-objective image as an object.

The ‘birds’ are arranged in aesthetically pleasing arrays, that allow them to unify in interesting
and surprising ways - "the whole greater than the sum of its parts".
Great Grey Owl                               Baltimore Oriole                                    Bufflehead

Red-Headed Woodpecker                       Woodthrush                                      Blue Jay
Yellowthroat                                       Cardinal                                          Goldfinch

Great Blue Heron                                Barn Swallow                      White-breasted Nuthatch
"Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
Large Array #1
oil on canvases, each canvas 10"X8"
"Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
Small Array #1
oil on canvases, each canvas 10"X8"
"Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
Small Array #2
oil on canvases, each canvas 10"X8