OSPREYS ABOVE THE CHANNEL ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2023
It was last summer that I first spotted an osprey nest on top of a cell tower on the west side of the Swinomish Channel. Since then, I have repeatedly had the chance to watch the ospreys flying above the channel with their white underparts shining in the morning sun, and watching inspired me to create a painting of them. I have not yet had the pleasure of watching them dive into the channel in pursuit of fish, so they may actually be fishing in Skagit Bay, just to the west of their nest. However, I remember watching this incredible feat before while living out at Neah Bay, so I am hopeful to get the opportunity to see it again here in La Conner. The designs for my ospreys were influenced by a fusion of Northwest Coast Native, Celtic, and Japanese 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.