"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

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.


Abstraction / non- objective painting allows one to 'describe the indescribable'. I have always
been drawn to the invisible 'Life Force' behind all living things. The myriad forms in which Life
takes form is amazing, but I wish to catch a glimpse of the even more amazing Life Force. I've
loved birds since I was a child. This project is the result of a life-long study and practice of
Painting intersecting with that childhood love and fascination.


The ‘birds’ are arranged in aesthetically pleasing arrays, or 'murmurations', that allow them to
unify in interesting and surprising ways - "the whole greater than the sum of its parts".


The 'birds' are also available for purchase in small arrays, allowing the collector to display them
in unique murmurations of their own choosing.
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