Tidewater Evening - Oil


Tidewater Evening   oil on linen,  18" x 26"





Just completed and destined for the annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Museum in Wausau, WI, Tidewater Evening depicts a New England tidal creek bathed in the warm evening light of early spring. The actual setting is in the beautiful Cape Cod village of Wellfleet, but this view could easily be anywhere along the Northeast coast.  In fact, the town in which I grew up had many similar tidal inlets and I spent hours as a teenager learning to identify the wading birds I spotted along the shore.  Greater Yellowlegs were the among the first species of shorebirds that I got to know.

Birds in Art opens on September 6, 2014, and will be on display at the Woodson Museum through November 16.  For more information visit the Museum website.




Scroll down for show listings, news, and other upcoming events.




Audubon and the Art of Birds

The Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN 




National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY 

October 4 2014 - June 8, 2015


R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA

February 8 - April 19, 2015


Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

May 15 - July 26 2015

I am very proud to have been invited by curator Don Luce to be a part of this historic exhibition. Assembled by the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis, Audubon and the Art of Birds highlights John James Audubon and his continued influence on the art of birds—even now, more than 150 years after his death. Just a handful of contemporary painters were invited to participate in the show, so I am particularly honored that my oil paintings Reflections of April and Spring Seep, Woodcock (right) were included as representative of the particularly recent sub-genre of  "The Bird in its Environment."


Spring Seep, Woodcock,  oil/linen  14"x 17½"  (2002)


Full-color catalog accompanying the Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit at The Bell Museum of Natural History.




On Tour With the 2013 Birds in Art Exhibition


Pond Lilies and Gallinule will be traveling with the 2013 Birds in Art tour, sponsored by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau WI, longtime host of the annual Birds in Art exhibition.

In 2011, the Woodson honored me as their 32nd Master Wildlife Artist. 



Pond Lilies and Gallinule, oil/linen, 24"x30"

For a listing of the 2013 tour venues visit the Birds in Art website.


And scroll down to see my entry into the 2014 Birds in Art show, which opens on September 6 in Wausau, WI.





Painting Birds to Save Them:

The Critical Role of Bird Art in the Conservation Movement


Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

Canton, MA


June 1 - September 14, 2014

I am honored to be included in this new exhibition at the Museum of American Bird Art that traces the the history of the bird conservation movement, as seen through work by some of the most prominent wildlife artists of the past two centuries.  Included in the show will be my recent painting Salt Marsh Sun, which depicts a trio of well-hidden Least Sandpipers at low tide in the marsh at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod.


For more information about the exhibition and the newly re-christened MABA, visit the website.

Salt Marsh Sun, oil/linen,  16x20





Summer in the Hudson Valley


Mark Gruber Gallery

New Paltz, New York


July 19  to August 30, 2014



The Gruber Gallery's annual group exhibition of Hudson Valley landscape paintings featuring work from nearly 20 regional artists. I will be showing a selection of six oils: four small barn studies and two larger canvases, including Spring at the Source of the Grapeville (right).




Spring at the Source of the Grapeville, oil/linen, 18"x22"


Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX


Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington, Vermont


June 14 - August 24, 2014


This annual exhibit has become one of the Bennington Center's signature shows, and attracts wildlife artists from across the country.  This year I am showing Salt Marsh Plovers, one of a series of recent studies and canvases depicting close-up low tide views of an Atlantic salt marsh with characteristic birds -- in this case, a trio of Black-belled Plovers flying low over the channel.


Salt Marsh Plovers, oil/linen/board, 12"x18"











Bennington Center for the Arts

Bennington, VT


August 2 - September 14, 2014


Morning Clouds, Wellfleet,  oil/linen,  17"x 27½"





Solo exhibition of recent work


Shahinian Fine Art


22 East Market Street

Rhinebeck, New York


September 5 - October 26, 2014

Opening Reception  September 13, 5-8pm

Artist's Talk:  TBA



Catskill Glow,  oil/linen,  22"x36"




54th Annual Exhibition


The Wildlife Experience

Parker, Colorado


August 31 - October 22, 2014


Beaver Swamp Haze,  oil/linen,  18" x 26"



BIRDS IN ART,  39th Annual Exhibition


Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Wausau, WI


September 6  - November 16,  2014




Tidewater Evening,  oil/linen,   18" x 26"





 NEWS and EVENTS    




ICE ON THE CREEK Receives Award from Oil Painters of America


I was honored to have been accepted this year into what has become one of the most competitive and prestigious national group shows,  the Oil Painters of America's Annual Juried National Exhibition. Ice on the Creek, one of my favorite paintings from last year, is on display with this spectacular show through June and July at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont.  And I was honored again when the painting was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Animals category.   For more information and a list of all the awards, see the OPA website.


Ice on the Creek,  oil/hemp,  24"x36"  -  Recipient of  Honorable Mention/ Animals from OPA, 2014




 Article About Last October's Trip to Utah in Plein Air Magazine!

Friends Travel to Paint the Desert, featured in the March 2014 issue of Plein Air Magazine, documents the recent trip I took to southern Utah with a group of a dozen top notch painters (and good friends).  This same group has taken painting trips to special locations for several years now. I joined them in the fall of 2010 in Provincetown, MA, and was glad to travel again to Utah for this second adventure with the group.


Perfect weather and a magnificient landscape helped us all have a super productive 10-day stay in Moab, with daily excursions north to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and south to the iconic Monument Valley.  Be sure to look for the current issue of Plein Air to read more about our trip!



The group at Monument Valley


Painting along the Colorado River canyon east of Moab (that's me in the middle), with Paul Schulenburg and Ernesto Nemesio, and my painting from that session Evening Sunlight below.


Evening Sunlight,  oil/linen/board, 8x12


"Spring Shower"  featured on the cover of SANCTUARY


For the third time, and for the second year in a row, my work is on the cover of the Spring issue of  Mass Audubon's Sanctuary magazine. Unfortunately, the Society has just announced that this award-winning periodical will cease its run with the current Summer issue, and will be replaced in 2015 by an annual publication. The good news is that editor John H. Mitchell will continue at the helm.

Spring Shower, Hass Hill, oil/linen, 11x16 - Full image

Spring 2014 issue of Sanctuary.





Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society


I am proud to announce that I have been promoted to Signature Member status within the American Impressionist Society.  I look forward to continuing to exhibit with this young, but already prestigious organization.


Wellfleet Morning (right) was my contribution to last year's Annual Exhibition of the AIS, held in Charleston, SC at the M Gallery of Fine Art (recently renamed Principle Gallery).


Wellfleet Morning, oil/muslin on board, 11x14





IN CASE YOU MISSED IT   (Older News and Events)  


Paintings Acquired by the Woodson Museum

 n late 2013, two of my paintings were acquired by the Woodson Art Museum.  Both were among the works shown in my Master Wildlife Artist retrospective that accompanied the 2011 Birds in Art.


The Woodson already owns an oil painting of mine, purchased some years ago from Birds in Art, as well as a graphite study for an illustration that was published on the cover of the ornithological journal Auk.  And added now to their amazingly rich permanent collection is River Reflections, Fire and Ice  (below), and a watercolor illustration from my 1994 Golden Field Guide "Eastern Birds," Gnatchatcher, Kinglets and Vireos (right).


Gnatchatcher, Kinglets and Vireo, watercolor, 1991


River Reflections, Fire and Ice,  oil/linen, 24"x 44"










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