I started painting birds in part because I was into birding. I saw a Golden Crowned Kinglet, some Tufted Titmouse, a Red Bellied Woodpecker and Chipping Sparrows in FCI Fort Dix. I had a small bird guide sent to me and from there I couldn't stop. These birds were out there, and I had no idea they even existed. It is like a world wide scavenger hunt for some of the most beautiful animals in the world.m . Birding gave me a reason to get up early and be in the woods, it got me in touch with the community, connecting me to people in a positive way. Around this time I decided to finally end my long struggle with gel medium ink transfer and return exclusively to paint.
I thought it would be a good challenge to paint birds in my own way. One that could reference Audubon, display my painting technique, and show a positive new relationship between the famous naturalist and myself. This was in 2015 and the movie was still a long ways off, but I couldn't deny the intrigue of stealing from Audubon yet again. So far the results have been positive.
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