KINGFISHER IN PURSUIT ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2019
Leigh & I have loved watching kingfishers for as long as we have lived near the water. While living out by Neah Bay we got to see a kingfisher that regularly sat on the phone lines near the Spring Tavern, halfway between Clallam Bay and Sekiu and overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca. The kingfisher was perched on the line and seemed to be carefully studying the water, hoping to catch a fish. When it was time to strike, the kingfisher would hover above its prey and then dive into the waves below. Now that we are living in La Conner, we still get to enjoy watching kingfishers as they fish under the Rainbow Bridge. Sakai Hoitsu’s Flowers and Grasses of Summer and Autumn inspired my water motif, used in this instance as the interface between water and sky. I used it as a device to separate the design plane, almost like how the Japanese employed a zig-zag (called katami gawari) to do the same on Momoyama Period lacquerware and textiles. The design for my kingfisher was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. The fish were inspired by Hiroshige’s carp woodblock prints. 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.
DIMENSIONS: HEIGHT: 14 inches WIDTH: 24 inches
Sakai Hoitsu’s Flowers and Grasses of Summer and Autumn