Belted Kingfisher Diving, oil on paper bag
Stolen; at least, never returned
Short version: about 10 years ago I participated in a group exhibition at a small manhattan gallery in New York City. I was pleased, and so was the gallery owner, when one of my paintings (of a peregrine falcon) sold. Soon after, the gallery owner asked me to send new work (of the same subject) for a larger space; she was opening a new gallery in another city. This was good news! I completed 10+ paintings and shipped them off. She called to say she was very pleased with the work and I never heard from her again. No new gallery and she closed her manhattan space.
A few months ago I received a phone call from her assistant who asked if we could settle up. We came to an agreement and I haven’t heard from them since. If anyone ever happens to see the artwork below (a small sample and my preferred pieces) please be kind and let me know. email@example.com
Peregrine Falcon, oil on linen, 48” x 60”
Falcon and Duck, mixed media on cardboard, 40” x 22”
Reconstruction (Peregrine Falcon), collage on cardboard, 40” x 22”
Peregrine Triptych, charcoal, ink and gouache on cardboard, 40” x 90”
Three Painting Exhibition
This may be an nontraditional exhibition but my daughters think it’s really cool. I hung three bag paintings at a local Starbucks (Jefferson and Main, Naperville) to replace the standard photo prints of ferns. If you’re visiting downtown Naperville (Illinois) stop in and check them out.
Two Cardinals and Cicada, 2006
Man-made Marsh (marsh wrens and red-winged blackbirds), 2006/2011
Motto: Recycle It (yellow-bellied sapsucker), 2010
Hung artwork at Starbucks in Naperville (Jefferson and Main) this morning.
Art in the Service of Science
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Exhibit in the Sterling Morton Library at the Morton Arboretum is on view until June 4th. I have always had a soft spot for natural science illustration and this exhibit brings back memories of my scientific illustration classes in college and my internship at the Field Museum in Chicago (I sometimes wish I was still working there).
Members artwork in glass cases at Library entrance.
Members artwork in glass case, Arboretum’s collection on back wall.
The exhibition is located at the entrance of the library and is rather small. The artwork is enjoyable but the real gems are the works from the Arboretum’s collection, such as Trudy Nicholson’s “White Oak”, a scratchboard (pen & ink drawing) in the photograph above. It is an awe-inspiring work of art.
Blyth’s Hornbill Portrait (adult male), oil on panel, 9”x 14”, 1991
I first discovered Ray Harris-Ching in 1990 and new immediately that he stood alone among artists depicting nature. He is easily the greatest living painter of birds and wildlife and maybe only second to the Swedish artist, Bruno Liljefors, as the greatest animal painter ever. He is relatively unknown in North America and only represented by Russel Fink gallery in the United States. Anyone who appreciates the depiction of nature in art should know Ray Harris-Ching.
Cor pulmonale (pulmonary heart disease) is enlargement of the right ventricle of the heart caused by a primary disorder (tissue disease, high blood pressure) of the lungs.
Motto; recycle it.
This is an example of an ongoing personal project that I return to every year. Painted images on paper bags that symbolize the conflict for natural resources and a desire to find a balance with nature and the environment.
Every year my partner (Kim Martens) and I design a page for the Medical Illustration Sourcebook, published by the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) and Serbin Communications. Usually our page(s) is/are designed with artwork done during the previous year (originally commissioned for another purpose) but this year we decided to design our page with a new illustration conceived and art directed by us, for our studio. The illustration is entitled “Blood-air Barrier” and depicts an inner landscape of the bronchial tree terminating with the alveoli. A capillary extends from a terminal alveolus to a histological section showing the alveolar-capillary complex where gas exchange occurs.
I’m also pleased to announce that our illustration was selected to be the cover image for the upcoming Medical Illustration Sourcebook 24, due out in September.