Category Archives: wildlife art

Great Horned Owl

Many years ago my brother found an injured great horned owl in the woods.  It had been shot in the wing.  It was alert and able to perch, but could not fly. We brought it to a wildlife veterinarian, but sadly, they were not able to save it.

I’ve wanted to do an owl painting ever since then, but lack of a decent reference photo and being intimidated by all those intricate feather patterns fostered my procrastination. I finally got around to it, and I’m quite happy with the result:

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Great Horned Owl – 8.5 x 11 color pencil and pastel.

(Reference photo for owl used with permission from Crystal Stacey of Edged Feather Photography .)



Formerly the neighbor’s cat



Formerly the neighbor's cat


“Formerly the neighbor’s cat” – 11 X 14 acrylic on canvas… This one needed more than just a title, so in honor of national poetry month:

Formerly the neighbor’s cat…

With quiet persistence she would steal away from the noise, from the clutter, to a place of sweet serenity; the rhythmic sound of her contentment complimenting the stillness.

This is a portrait of my cat “Panda”.  She was neglected by her owners – our neighbors – so, little by little, she relocated herself to our farm.  The owners have since moved away and left her behind, so she is officially ours now!

(Comments and constructive criticism are welcome, valued and appreciated.)




Etched Emu Eggs

Emu eggs are very carefully etched with a high speed drill, through three layers of shell; each revealing a different color.  Dark emerald green on the outer layer,  teal in the middle and white on the inside layer.  Designs are made using these three colors.




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Equestrian Art

Tom from Back Home in Bromont was kind enough to post my artwork on his site. He’s an amazing photographer – check out his work!

BHIB Equestrian

by, Claire Messier of Uxbridge, Mass. -  -  Dixie & Tuff by, Claire Messier of Uxbridge, Mass.

Thank you Claire for sending in this beautiful piece.
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Getting back to the studio

After a long hiatus from studio time, I’m ready to get back to it. I’m starting small, so as not to get overwhelmed and procrastinate. I’ve chosen a picture of a garter snake that I took last summer in the horse paddock. It was patient enough to let me have a photo shoot, even while I was crouched on the ground in front of it to get different perspectives. Thank you little snake!

I know snakes are not a popular subject matter, but if you can overlook the “creepy” factor, they really are quite beautiful.

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I will be portraying this little garter snake in graphite. I’ll add updates as I go along.

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I was a little impatient and jumped right in before doing a complete detailed line drawing.  A good start though, I think.

Feb 17, 2015   I haven’t had much time to work this week. Got a little further. Trying to decide just how much detail I want to put on the ground. I don’t want it to be too busy, but I want it to have texture.


March 5, 2015   Not much progress – a bout with the flu left me with no desire to get much of anything done.  But I’m on the mend and getting back to work.  I find myself getting a little cross-eyed on this one.  So many little scales!

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One of the hardest parts of any drawing for me is knowing when to stop.  I think this one is finished, for now.  I’ll put it aside for a week and then give it one last tweak.  I can see that I have to work on photographing my work to have more consistency in the lighting.  Constructive critiques are welcome!