Thursday, July 27, 2006

Shockoe Swifts

SOLD Thanks Phillip!

This painting is part of a series I have begun featuring Chimney Swifts. The chimney swift is a migratory bird that lives in the south eastern U.S. It used to live in hollowed trees but now makes its home in chimneys and burnt out buildings. I love the way this bird has of flying. It is related to swallows and swoops and dives like filigreed iron work. These birds live in large flocks and hunt bugs in the twilight hours. They often migrate at night keeping them safer from predators. I really see these birds as representing natures push-back. They are one of the first species to identify those places that are abandoned or forgotten. When man has built infrastructure and then moved on to newer technology these birds have moved in to use the left overs. More to come I think.

Shockoe Swifts
Acrylic on panel
8" x 8"
$ 100