"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 210 paintings

Each, individual bird from the classic "Field Guide to the Birds of North America',
by Roger Tory Peterson is used as inspiration and catalyst for an intimate, abstract
painting. Traditional approaches to painting are broken apart, and put back together
again. The paint, itself, is allowed to 'speak' and 'carry its own weight'. The concept is to
push the boundaries of abstraction as far as possible, creating a kaleidoscopic
menagerie of abstraction.

The paintings are grouped as 'murmurations', mimicking the migratory patterns of birds
and creating an environment of dialogue and exchange. I see the entire series as a
singular work, always in flux, always open to additions.
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"
Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts, Greeley, CO. June 25th - July 21st, 2018.

"Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
Installation as part of
"Murmuration"
An exhibition of paintings by David Sheldon
Private collection : Installation view, 2018.