The limits of being incarcerated gave me the freedom to spend over 2,000 hours in the final 13 months of my sentence to attempt the Spiral Helix in ink transfer (see home page). A method I had been using almost exclusively for the previous 4 years, it involved transferring the ink from magazine pages onto gel medium. I learned how to build forms one color at a time, underpainting. the power of white, building color through layering, and much more. That method is what informs my painting of recent years.
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, that I had no idea even existed. Every where I went I could find new ones, I love a good scavenger hunt, now take it world wide with some of the most beautiful animals in the world. What better way than to enjoy my freedom from incarceration. It gave me a reason to get up early and be in the woods, and got me in touch with the community, connecting me to people in a positive way. I am good at birding, and I loved helping the other birders, often older folks, see them birdies.
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, if it even got made at all, but I couldn't deny the intrigue of stealing from Audubon yet again. So far the results have been positive. I have sold all but one of the Green Heron series, I am painting commissions for as much as 5 figures and continue to sell prints around the world.
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