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Waves

Waves

I became interested in the power of nature when I was in college taking science classes. I completed Meteorology and Environmental Science in the same year. Both classes taught me about the natural and weather events that impact our world. There is no stopping weather or water.

The waves in this artwork could be seen at our shore every day, or could represent a bigger event forming.

I composed the surge of the central wave erupting into the air using neutral paint at the core to show how sand and sediment is being pulled up by the forces of water. The airborne wave fractures into sprays of foam and mist. I layered white and colored glaze with sponges to create the feeling of lightness and the sparkle of the sun reflecting on the water.

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24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

$1,800.00
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Harley

Harley – Original for Sale

My family rides Harley-Davidsons. My Uncle and now my Aunts run an HD shop in Oregon. My Dad has had a motorcycle since before I was born and my older sister had fun riding around the block on the back. When I came along he tried to strap me on but decided that a side car would be better. It was a good excuse to order a brand new motorcycle and matching side car!

I decided to challenge myself to paint something man-made. Man made subjects have straight lines and corners and symmetry. Natural subjects have biomorphic shapes and are forgiving of my free form brush strokes. My first choice for a man made subject was a motorcycle.

I used a photo and sketched in charcoal then painted freehand. I chose to graduate the color from blue to purple to show the shapes and curves reflecting light. I used a stencil made from painters tape to paint the highlights. Yellow was a natural choice for the background to make the motorcycle pop and because I am all about color.

This is the first painting to have my new logo – the hardhat – in the lower right corner.

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

$1,800.00
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Toucan

This Toucan is perched on a mossy branch with water flowing beneath him. I love the colors. Blue feet! And the black body has tones of red coming through. It was very fun to paint this cheerful bird. I used purple glaze over a green background to create the flowing water. The Toucan himself is red and yellow. I followed up the red with a few coats of purple glaze. The branch was done with purple background, sponged moss and a small brush to make the bromeliad. What a rich environment for color exists in the tropics.

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24 x 24 x1.5 inches

$1,800.00
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Sentinel

This parrot has vivid contrast in his colors and an expressive face. I didn’t intend for him to look so stern, but it really gives him a watchful guardian personality. That is why I named him the Sentinel. I used layers of green yellow and purple for the background. Originally my plan was to have brighter colors but I decided to create more shadow with purple glaze and distance the green and yellow. This makes this fellow pop more. The wood he is on is created from colors of brown, purple and orange with blue shadow. I like how it grounds the bottom of the painting and brings some of the jungle into the foreground.

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24 x 24 x 1.5 inch

 

 

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Watching

This red parrot is looking over his shoulder at another bird. You can see he is alert but not concerned. Maybe he is welcoming his friend to join him. I painted him in shades of red with glazes in purple, blue, red, yellow and coral. The background is green with a pthalo blue glaze. –Donald Ryker

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24 x 24 x 1.75 inches

$1,800.00
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Hidden in Shadows

This blue parrot perches hidden in the branches. He has a perfect view of the bright day while feeling safe and secure. I painted him using layers of blue, purple, and green, plus shades of red, coral, and purple. The background is a vivid lime green washed with a blue glaze. Sometimes it’s really nice to be the observer. Stepping back out of sight can give you the chance to watch and enjoy the view. —Donald Ryker

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24 x 24 x 1.75 inches

$1,800.00
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Dawn

Dawn – Original for Sale

This image is of that moment in time when the light is starting to pierce the dark. The sun is rising, but the clouds are still hovering over the scene. You see shafts of light and the glow of light reflected on the clouds but the viewer is looking toward the light from darkness.
When I was 11 years old I had been taking a lot of medications and my body started to shut down. I wasn’t able to stay in school, my brain was fuzzy, and I had no energy. Most of my time was spent lying on the couch. The first ray of light came when I got my first service dog. Having her beside me made a huge difference. Over the next 3 years I knew I was getting better but I was in the dark looking towards the light for a very long time.

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36 x 36 x 1.75

$4,000.00
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Twilight

Twilight – – Original for Sale 

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36 x 36 x 1.75

$4,000.00
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Airborne

Airborne – – Original for Sale – 

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36 x 36 x 1.75

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King Of Hearts

 

King of Hearts – – Original for Sale

King of Hearts shows the proud bearing and beautiful form of the male lion at rest in nature. As part of my Lion Series this work has the color, connection, and vitality of animals in the wild. Touching an animal is a luxurious tactile experience. Most people don’t get to touch a lion. In painting the mane I wanted to evoke the sensation I used to get running my fingers through my collies thick ruff. I created this feeling with the textured paint and rainbow of glazes.
I chose the title because I have used King of Hearts as my avatar online. It is also a character in anime. As a person in a wheelchair many people might view me as powerless. I never have felt that way and choose to identify with images that reflect the strength, individuality, and confidence that I truly feel. This painting conveys so many connections for me and it has the majesty, power and presence that people have attributed to the other paintings in my Lion series.

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40 x 40 x 1.75

$4,800.00
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TORTOISE

Tortoise – – Original for Sale

This tortoise reminds me of my grandfather’s pet tortoise “Beauregarde”. He lived in their backyard during warm weather and hibernated in a box in the garage during the winter. This fellow in my artwork is in his natural environment in the desert sand. When I painted this piece I was working to create a an representation for each of the biomes in the world and he is a good example of an animal living in a desert biome. I chose this image because of the shadow and light and the opportunity to explore the warm colors and geometric shapes on his shell. I started with neutral oranges and added reds and pinks to give him form. This was my second time using a sponge to create the native grasses. The color palette and grounded tortoise image give me a feeling of calm and peace. —Donald Ryker

 24 x 24 x 1.75″
$1,800.00
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MOUNTAIN BOBCAT

Mountain Bobcat – Original for Sale 

I had a cat and she climbed effortlessly. I like watching her flexibility and strength. This image shows the long curvy spine and relaxed easing sitting all cats have.

This bobcat is looking out over the valley. The challenge was to show him clearly in the foreground and to paint the granite cliffs in the distance.

I chose tints of saturated blue to reflect how peacefully he is resting. Purple and blue glaze enhanced shadows, and a very pale blue tint shows the highlight where the sun is landing on him. The granite rocks near the bobcat were done in purples and blues with orange and red sponging, and purple and blue glaze for texture, shadow and highlight. I neutralized the distant canyon wall by adding some yellow and green then brushing and sponging many layers of glaze. —Donald Ryker

 24 x 24 x 1.75″
$1,800.00
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EAGLE

Eagle – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

This Eagle standing in shallow water looks fascinated by his own image. The photo made me laugh and I wanted the challenge of being accurate enough with my brush strokes to create a reflection. What does his expression say to you?

I chose to paint him in tints of cool red, which with the water and his white head and tail creates a red white and blue theme. I thought that was appropriate for our national bird.

Purple glaze creates shadows on him, and I subtly altered the color and glaze for his image that is reflected on the water. To create the water, the dark hunter green background has a aquamarine glaze and pthalo blue highlights. 

I like how light hearted and humorous this piece is. —Donald Ryker

 

24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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BUFFALO

Buffalo – – Original for Sale –

There is some kind of dichotomy between the sense of massiveness and power in these huge horned herbivores, and the peaceful presence they have. For me, green is a color between the boldness and fire of reds and oranges, and the deep colors of blue and purple. I can see why it is used to represent nature, and the environment and have used it to show the peace and earthiness of these animals. It is my challenge to try to use minimal layers in these pieces to combine with the tints of green color and give the viewer these feelings. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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ARCTIC WOLF

Arctic Wolf – – Original for Sale –

The arctic tundra biome is dry and barren because of the low precipitation at that altitude. It was a challenge to paint that cold dry environment the wolf is resting on. There are stubby grasses and low blooming tiny flowers but also lots of stone and gravel. I painted this white wolf in yellows reminiscent of Franz Marc’s Yellow Dog painting. The light shines from the left and he casts a deep purple shadow on the ground. This high level predator can rest easy because there are very few threats to his safety in his world. —Donald Ryker

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24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Alaskan Bear

Alaskan Bear – – Original for Sale – 

This bear in my wildlife series is inspired by a photo image on the shoreline in Alaska with evergreens in the background. I chose to focus on the bear’s head and shoulders to capture his presence in a close-up but still show the power and readiness to go into action. These bears are typically brown but to explore the feeling that comes with color I used saturated tints of orange to create his form and show shadow and light. I glazed in purple, blue, and cool green to emphasize shadow and shape. The fur effect was created using a homemade rake (many small brushes attached together) for the first time. I glazed over the entire bear in a thin layer of orange to blend all the elements. The background was saturated dark green sponged with a light green and glazed with red. —Donald Ryker

 

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24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Lion Family

 

LION FAMILY

I look for a subject that will draw the audience to connect with my work. In this piece you see the moment in time a father and his cubs pause when an observer catches their attention. Do you feel the peace and calm in this image? Notice how relaxed they continue to be. The father is even resting his chin on top of his cub’s head. Do you feel the connection between the dad and his cubs?

In planning this painting I wanted to create a work on multiple canvases because the larger scale would allow me to show the relationship between a father and his offspring. This image has light and shadow and I could have fun with color. I began by blocking in the color with underpainting, then glazed with layers of translucent color to create the luminous quality. Look closely at the mane. I layered green, blue, red, orange, and purple glazes to create a lot of texture and depth.

Lions are one of my favorite subjects because of their presence and fearlessness. I am able to create a strong image that makes a statement. —Donald Ryker

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72 x 48 x 1.75″

$10,800.00
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Rottweiler Puppy

Rottweiler Puppy – Original For Sall

—Donald Ryker

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18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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Green Collie

Green Collie – Original for Sale 

—Donald Ryker

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18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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Boxer

Boxer – Original for Sale

—Donald Ryker

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18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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One Team Two Heroes 3

One Team Two Heroes 3 – Original for Sale – 

—Donald Ryker

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18 x 24 x 1.75″

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One Team Two Heroes 1

—Donald Ryker

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18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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One Team Two Heroes 2

One Team Two Heroes 2 – Original for Sale –

—Donald Ryker

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18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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Bernese Mtn Dog on a Deck

Bernese Mtn Dog on a Deck – Original For Sale

—Donald Ryker

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30 x 40 x 1.75″

$3,700.00
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Puppy Bath

Puppy Bath – Original For Sale 

—Donald Ryker

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30 x 40 x 1.75″

$3,700.00
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Growing Puppy

Growing Puppy

This painting looks so much like my first service dog Tarella. Chin on the ground, eyes on me, this is just how she wold lie waiting to see what I needed next. The yellow vest on this dog shows it is a teenager, ready to go to formal training on it’s way to being a service dog. Notice her eyes and the connection they make.

The deep golden colors of the dog are created by under-painting with saturated colors and glazing over with oranges, yellows and reds.  Purple and red glaze cover blue on the deck and give the dog shadows.

I now have my third service dog and have so much appreciation for all of the hours volunteers and professionals have spent making that possible. My life is so much better because I have this helper and companion in it. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 30 x 1.75″

$2,800.00
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Bernese Mtn Dog Resting On The Grass

Bernese Mtn Dog resting on the Grass – Original For Sal

—Donald Ryker

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30 x 40 x 1.75″

$3,700.00
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Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday

I love the holidays, and the seasons. This still life of Christmas season. Tea sets represent getting together and celebrating with people you care about. I chose this image because there it gave me the opportunity to play with color, and shadow. Enjoy. – Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 36 x 1.75″

$2,700.00
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Bear Coming Out of the Forest

Bear Coming Out of the Forest

This bear is walking out of the forest and into the river. He is looking downstream. I imagine he is not alone. Often bears fish the river together and train their cubs how to scoop up salmon and other fish. The base colors on the bear were in a rainbow range of color using the blues and purples for the the deeper shadows and yellows for the parts in the light. I glazed over with colors of cream and orange then enhanced the shadows further with more blue, green and purple. I like seeing the shape and form emerge using this technique. The background was inspired by a finger painter, Iris Scott, who is making her name with bright color and texture.

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24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Lioness Pride

It was autumn, with leaves on the wet pavement creating a mosaic of color against black, and I wanted to create something to express the season. I found this image of two lioness’ escorting their cubs down a pathway dividing the fallen leaves. Isn’t it amazing how they work together to raise their families? There are seven cubs here and no way to know which belong to each mother. It’s a true extended family.

I wanted this piece to feel expansive, showing the relationships and the space the lions live in so I chose to paint on six canvases. I painted the lions with fewer details because the leaves star as much in this image as the lions do. The lions are done in tones of light brown to cream with purple glaze to bring out features and shadows. Then I spent hours and hours on the leaves, dabbing my brush over and over in many colors and layers.

I imagine the cubs have been out learning and playing and the lioness’ are taking the youngsters back to a warm place to spend the night.

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72 x 48 x 1.75″

$10,800.00
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Tarella Taking a Nap with Merline

Tarella and Meerling

TARELLA TAKING A NAP WITH MERLINE

Tarella was my first service dog. She loved my cat Merline and they often shared the dog bed. Merline was an adult when I got Tarella so I used a little artistic license to paint them together with Merline as a kitten. They are both gone now but I will have memories forever.

This is a very textured painting. I used thickener in the many layers of glaze so brush strokes would show even more. You can see all the base colors creating light and shadow if you look through the surface. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 30 x 1.75″

$2,800.00
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Clydesdale Horses Bringing Home the Tree

Clydsdales bringing home the Christmas Tree- Original for Sale – Prints Available

I love Clydesdales and all those commercials with the teams pulling their loads so I was inspired to paint them. Who knew there would be so many feet, head and ears to deal with. This is one of my smaller paintings so it was a real challenge.

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 18 x 1.75″

$2,000.00
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Green Pack of Wolves

Green Wolf Pack – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

Wolves live in a pack and function as a community working together to protect their family and acquire food. Have you heard about the impact of re-introducing a wolf pack into Yellowstone National Park? Over the years the environment had degraded because of the imbalance of the animals due to ranchers desire to eliminate predators. Wolves, one of the major high level predators, had been hunted and killed off. With no top level predator around the deer overpopulated the area which had an impact on vegetation other species and on the entire biome.

When wolves were re-introduced it reversed that process to the point that even the river came back to life, supporting many species and deepening it’s course. How did that happen? It wasn’t because the wolves killed so many deer for food. It was because their presence as a top level predator was a deterrent to deer grazing everywhere. In order to stay safe from the wolves the deer started avoiding areas that were open and then those areas were able to regrow with vegetation that supported wildlife and stopped erosion.

The wolves were responsible for re-greening in Yellowstone National Park. Recent legislation again threatens the wolves. I hope that conservation and supporting our environment outweigh the other issues and the wolves continue to thrive in Yellowstone.

I chose to show this wolf pack in this close knit group to illustrate their community connection. Green symbolizes the impact they have on their environment. I used saturated green tints for the wolves and glazed with purples for shadow and contrast. The wolves are in snow to show the hardship they are now under. The sky is a purple overcast but the feeling is not depressing. I want to convey both hardship and hope in this piece. —Donald Ryker

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36 x 72 x 1.75

$8,100.00
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Big Lion King

Big Lion King – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

This full figure lion is the first time I charcoal sketched using my hard hat. I am really pleased with the perspective and feeling of being in mid-step, This lion has a lot of texture and you can see the depth in the mane and body. I used many layers of glaze in many colors to create the dark and light fur. I used neutralized tones in the background to create distance. It is a very upbeat cheerful day in the sky, but there is a very somber look on his face. That seems very appropriate with all the danger to this species at this time. —Donald Ryker

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30 x 40 x 1.75″

$3,700.00
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Tall Horse

It meant a lot to me to be around horses as a child. There is something about the quiet peacefulness of these huge animals that brings you into their world. I looked forward to any time I could be visiting or riding horses. This image is one of the largest – a Clydesdale. The gentle giant among horses. I wanted to evoke that sense of power and peacefulness.

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 40 x 1.75″

$3,700.00
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Snow Tiger

Snow Tiger – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

Layers and layers of paint were used to develop this tiger. I began with tints of brown all the way to a creamy white, then started adding white fur, and snow and finished with blue shadow. This snow tiger has the intent gaze of a wild animal. I like the texture, the tones, the whole feeling of stillness with intensity of this piece. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Moving Horse

Moving Horse- Original for Sale – Prints Available

When I was young, horses gave me the chance to move fast. I rode in a hypotherapy program and riding a horse felt like flying along. I was way off the ground and moving faster than I could in my wheelchair. As a child I also visited farms and ranches and got to peer through the fence rails to see horses running in an arena like this. They looked so joyful and exuberant about having the chance to move. I wanted to capture that feeling.

This horse has the contrasting colors that always catch my eye and I chose this image because I am exploring full figure images alongside my closeups.

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40 x 30 x 1.75:

$3,700.00
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Rooster

Upon seeing my paintings of birds, one of my guests said “you should do a rooster”. I was surprised to find they can be so colorful. This guy is here to cheer people up with the vivid blue background and bright colors.

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40 x 40 x 1.75

$4,800.00
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Standing Outside the Fire

People with disabilities are expected to live a separate life. Children are placed in separate classes. The work world doest accommodate special needs. Adults with disabilities who really want to work are unable to find a way to contribute and earn money. If they do, they endanger the government funds that are supporting them. Something needs to change.

Life is about being in the fire. Its about participating and being part of our society. Standing outside the fire is no life. This colorful eagle stands at the boundary between life and subsistence. He is ready to take flight into life.

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30 x 40 x 1.75:

$3,700.00
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Rooster 2

This is the second rooster in the series. I discovered these birds come in very colorful variations and went searching for more. It is fun to recreate the feathers and color in paint. I have chosen bold background colors for this series and this sunflower yellow is so cheerful. Interestingly, I was working on this painting to show a class of children in Georgia how I paint during a Skype interview they did with me as part of their diversity studies. —Donald Ryker

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24 x 24 x 1.75″

 

$1,800.00
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