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In terms of popular appeal, Cormorants are probably not going to make the top ten list. Although when I observe cormorants, especially when they are perched in trees or on rocks, I see beautiful arrangements of shapes, lines, textures and colors influenced by ever-changing light. I often watched this nearby colony of Cormorants and other seabirds, through my spotting scope from the comfort of my studio on the Newfoundland coast, during the summer of 2019.
I created this painting of Common Loons during a summer at a secluded lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Most mornings, the lake was shrouded in fog and many evenings it was enveloped in the golden light of sunset. My frequent encounters with the loons, whether from shore or from my canoe, were always thrilling. In this idyllic setting that granted time to feel and contemplate more deeply, I recognized how briefly the elements of birds, mist, color and light came together and then changed, never to be repeated. I was conscious of both the brevity and intensity of my experience; how my perception was composed of only the essentials of form and color. Translating this experience into a painting to reveal that which has no actual form (joy and wonder), required I depart from realism as a style and seek the real.