Friday, November 25, 2011

Sageland Morning, oil on canvas 36 x 52

It was a magic morning, the mist rising out of the valley as the first sun came over the hill, the flock of blackbirds swirling in the still air only added to the moment.

This is one of my entries to Master's of the American West at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles in february.

The Waiting Game, oil on canvas, 29 x 41

This wonderful leopard spent the heat of the day in sausage trees along the banks of the Savuti Channel in Botswana's Okavango Delta. She patiently waited for some unsuspecting impala to be lured in by the promise of cool shade and sausage tree fruit and flowers to nibble on. We patiently waited to see the possible out come. After three days, all the impala in the area were still safe.....

Crossing the Plains, oil on canvas, 28 x 40

Thunder clouds over the plains, cheetahs in the evening sun, just some of my favorite things..

Greeting, colored pencil, 12 x 18

This piece was one of the popular at this years show at the Mockingbird Gallery in Bend Oregon

Old and Wise, pencil 15 x 10.5

It is a very moving thing to look into the eyes of any of the larger primates.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

"Study for Waiting", pencil 14.5 x 7

This study of the lovely leopard at Savuti is my sketch for the Western Visions Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Back Paddock, pencil, 4 x 27

My miniature for Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. It seems a somewhat different subject for me, but horses were the first thing that I drew as a child, great to come come back to them, especially as we have plenty on our farm her in New Zealand

The Deep Crossing, oil on canvas 19 x 37

The only sound we could hear was the rippling of water as this breeding herd crossed the Savuti Channel, the wonderful evening light catching their glistening bodies.

This is one of my pieces forWestern Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Wyoming this September.

Carmine Trio

Carmine Bee Eaters are one of my favorite birds, such fantastic colors and shapes, I enjoyed working out a composition for these three.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lady Leopard colored pencil, 8.5 x 13

Botswana turned on all its charms for us again last year. We had many wonderful sightings of leopard, including this lovely you female at Savuti Camp, most paint-o- genic.

Reflections, oil on canvas 9 x 20

Ruddy Duck and ripples.......

Ripples of Gold, oil on canvas, 9 x 20

Wood Duck are such an interesting subject, great shapes and colors, the later determined what sort of setting I should put the bird in, autumn reflections.

Carmine Trio, colored pencil 29.5 x 9.5

On safari last year the carmine bee-eaters were most co-operative, I had a wonderful opportunity to study these spectacular birds up close. Back in the studio I decided on a slightly oriental composition (I am a great fan of Japanese screen paintings) and to set them off against a neutral background so as not to distract from their remarkable shapes and colors.