I’ve always loved anything having to do with nature. From the first view of a Great Blue Heron in Northern Jersey to the downy woodpecker and nuthatch that made homes out of holes in the old willow tree in my yard, I’ve always been fascinated with birds.
I feed them suet, 4 different kinds of seeds and for the bluejays unsalted, raw peanuts. They’ve gotten comfortable enough to feed while I’m pretty close to them. I use no pesticides in my yard and every plant I have has a purpose either for birds or butterflies.
I kept journals of all the different interesting things I found in nature and it has helped me to see details which relates to the details in my paintings. I am in the process of creating multiple paintings of birds I’ve seen in the backyard, the number of species is over 40 and counting.