HERON NATION ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2020
There are so many reasons why the Skagit Valley is a wonderful place to enjoy nature. One in particular is the number and variety of birds that grace our skies. Great Blue Herons are a joy to watch, regardless of the season. March Point, outside of Anacortes, hosts one of the largest Great Blue Heron rookeries on the west coast, and its close proximity provides us with an almost daily chance to see these beautiful birds, both singly and in groups. I recently watched a group of several herons, and they influenced me to do this painting. I was inspired to paint the background in this manner after seeing a Japanese kimono design that I admired. The design for my herons was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions, but the composition owes much to Japanese art. The design for the water follows in the style of Ogata Korin and the Rinpa School. 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.