In this gallery are the paintings based on my M.F.A. thesis, "An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture". Three of the paintings found here were done as studies for the final paintings.
In my thesis, I looked at the place of birds of prey in human culture. Raptors were often deified, portrayed as symbolic of nations, and had a place in the legends and lore of different cultures. Furthermore, the relationship between raptor and man were often beneficial - the presence of hawks and owls on farms kept the rodent population in check and thus prevented damage to crops.
The second purpose of my thesis was to look at artists whose work prominently featured raptors. These artists included John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson, David Allen Sibley, Robert Bateman, and Peter Parnall. I explored how their work influenced the public perception of birds of prey and acted as both education and urged conservation through their art.
Thesis - Golden Eagle windfalcon 329 36 Thesis - Gyrfalcon windfalcon 358 26