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Recent Feather Paintings  -  2014 to Present
Painted for the upcoming book "Off the Beaten Path", this is a portrait of Scottish trad. fiddler Rua MacMillan. In private collection in Scotland.'Still Life of a Common Theme' - in private collection"Sidekick" - a swan and duck in Edinburgh. Available, $295 framed."Luminous" - a swan in Edinburgh set aglow by the last rays of evening light.  Available, $295 framed."The Balmacara Lad" - commissioned painting of a red stag in Scotland. In private collection in Australia"Teàrlach" - Bonnie Prince Charlie. Commissioned, in private collection in Scotland.Painted from my own photo on Mount Rainier, this piece is simply titled, "Marmot".  Available. $275 framed"Power and Grace"  - commissioned, private collection.Commissioned for an Eagle Scout whose favorite summer camp is one in Texas.Commissioned for an Eagle Scout for his Court of Honor."Old Man of the Woods". Painted on request by a gallery in Chesapeake Bay, now in private collection."Laird of Lochaber" - painted in 2014 for auction to support Slighe nan Gaidheal for their Feis. In private collection."Loch Duich" - painted in 2014 for auction to support the Pacific Northwest Highland Games Association. In private collection.
"How Long Does It Take To Paint a Feather?"  You may have seen this email header come through your inbox.  Or perhaps it had something to do with "God's Wings".  A viral email containing quite a number of my painted feathers has been roaming the internet since mid-2008.  I know that's when it began, because that's when the flood of emails began, as well as a record number of website visits through Google searches.  I don't know who sent that initial email, or why he or she would send it without my name or my website, but if it was that email that brought you here, welcome! You came to the right place. :)

I began painting feathers back in 1990, purely as a means of using all the sturdy wing feathers that my mother's peacocks would shed in the hot summer months.  The iridescent neck and tail feathers are always highly sought after, but the much plainer wing feathers would languish in the yard, under the sun.  It seemed such a waste to let them turn to fertilizer, so I began collecting the freshly shed ones and tried a little acrylic paint.  It worked!  And quite well, too. The first designs were simple things like Native Southwest pictographs, and then later graduating to still lifes, basic animals, and eventually moving on to everything imagineable. I am constantly seeking to push the boundaries of what I can pull off within the confines of a feather. It's a never-ending process of learning and exploration.

Is feather painting something that interests you?  I have taught my techniques personally, one-on-one and in group workshops.  In the near future though, I plan to begin a series of online tutorials.  The venue for that, though, is yet to be set in stone.  Watch this space - as these come available, I'll let you know.