HUNTING IN THE TALL GRASS ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2021-22
The ultimate stealth hunters, herons seem to be incredibly patient as they watch and wait for prey to appear. They are masters of the tactic of “hiding in plain sight”. Standing statue-like in a field or next to a stream, eventually they will be rewarded for their patience with a meal. Herons continue to give me much pleasure, and I enjoy painting them on a regular basis. The design for the heron was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. I made the frame 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.