Trying to capture the colors reflecting off the giant and noble Golden Eagle is like trying to catch light in a bottle. It's feathers are reflections, shadows, transparencies and opaques, matte and iridescent all at once. Warm in the sun, cool in the shadows. To capture this great beast I used a wide variety of materials, as I felt the subject called for a different approach. Watercolor blues for cool light, golden acrylics for highlights. A mix of charcoal and chalk pastel raw umber and reds to show the richness. Ink, dark and thick as well as light and scratchy, depending on where the light hit it. A golden background framed in pitch black seemed fitting, and played with mystery and nature's darker edge. The bold and strong paint strokes echoing the fast and furious movements of this eagle in the air.
Living on the west coast of Canada, I see eagles everyday flying above, beside the highway, or perched in trees. The natural sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres nearby allow me the privilege of seeing them up close as well. Intelligent eyes and giant bodies, they truly are masters of the air. I want this piece to give a feeling of power, majesty and movement.
Growing up, my parents were lighthouse keepers on a tiny island with a population of nine, and I’ve been close to nature since I was small. I now live on a bigger island in the north Pacific, but digitally commute around the world. Paddle-boarding, hiking, experimental cooking and traveling are my favorite things to do. I have a BFA in visual arts.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.