FALCON II ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2023
Falcons are such beautiful birds, although lethal predators. Over the years we have had the opportunity to see falcons in action, striking their unsuspecting prey. Falcons are such powerful fliers; they use their amazing speed to knock prey birds out of the air. When living out by Neah Bay, we would watch them just power across the Straits of Juan de Fuca on their annual migrations north (while the eagles and red-tailed hawks had to wait for thermals needed to gain altitude for their crossing.) The design for the falcon was inspired by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. I made the frame for this painting out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame. I specifically made this painting for the Matzke Gallery’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” 2023 show.