KINGFISHER MEMORY ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2021
Recently I have been asked on commission to do several paintings of kingfishers. The process of painting them brought back many good memories of seeing kingfishers. While living out by Neah Bay, we regularly spotted a kingfisher sitting on a wire above the Straits down by the Spring Tavern. Currently, we see kingfishers perched and preparing to fish the Swinomish Channel. These memories have made kingfishers one of our favorite birds to watch. The design for this kingfisher was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. The pine branch reflects my love for Japanese 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.