The Fisherman is painted with Pastel Pencils on Pastelmat, it is matted and framed in a black studio frame measuring 14×17 inches. The colors are lovingly layered with increasingly lighter hues to produce the feeling of depth and highlights in the piece. When needed, some hard edges are blended to appear softer and others are outlined in black ink to have them stand out from the rest of the piece.
Crouching down, talons locked onto both his prey and the branch, this yearling Bald Eagle looks intent of savoring every morsel. Even as a very young bird, he just oozes with power and strength. His massive size showcased by taking up the entire frame and still there is more of him we cannot see.
I wanted to focus on his bill, huge and formidable, the bright yellow turning red bringing the viewer’s eye down to the Brown Bullhead Catfish trapped beneath his grip. The fish itself has a shiny slippery feel as I added more white highlights to make him appear still wet. The Eagle’s talons look huge and deadly, while his feet suggest the look of scales, appearing both soft and rigid at the same time. The texture of the branch is heavy, and the bark is laden with moss. A scene that screams power and beauty.
I come from a family of artists. My Great Grandmother was a successful artist who had her work showcased in Boston in the early 30’s. She has left her legacy to most of her descendants. Just about all her grandchildren having some degree of artistic abilities. Whether it be with painting, photography or textile art, we certainly all seem driven to put our mark on the world, small as it may be.
I was born in Toronto but moved to the Maritimes when I was a child. Living in rural New Brunswick for the bulk of my life has encouraged my creative instincts. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing, painting and creating. But with family and career taking up the majority of my time and energy I hadn’t been able to focus on my art as a ‘real thing’ until after I retired and most of the children had fled from the nest. That was in February 2021.
I am extremely fortunate to be able to dedicate myself to my art now full time. I am constantly learning and challenging myself to improve. However, when I discovered Pastel Pencils, something clicked and I haven’t looked back. I currently sell commissioned pet portraits as my bread and butter and paint wildlife portraits with every available free moment. I strive for realism but also want to make sure my work is identifiable as a painting. It gives me great joy to be able to bring life to a blank page.
In the past year, I have illustrated for a children’s book and am currently in the process of publishing my own book highlighted with my illustrations. If all goes well, it will be in publication this fall. I have donated pieces to the local animal shelter and to our local Ukrainian group in neighboring Saint John, NB to help raise funds. You can check out my work on my Facebook page Animal Portraits by Carol. I am working on setting up my own tiny gallery in a shop in my home, but I would love to see my work on display in a professional gallery at some point.
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