I love observing and painting birds. Their distinct personalities remind me of people I know, and their interactions mirror my own experiences. Finches, juncos, titmice and chickadees share the feeder like my extended family coming together for a good meal. Scrub jays squabble like a gang of artists. As a heron glides slowly overhead, I think of a friend who’s recently died. Birds remind me of cycles of life and of my one small place in the natural world .
Two of the joys of painting are connecting with others by sharing bird stories, and hearing someone say, ‘I’ve seen that bird you painted!’ I hope my work will bring new appreciation for the amazing avian world around us.