Our friend Avery is our featured artist for July-August. Avery is a bright talented 8 year old Hoosier who is a good friend of the Indiana Raptor Center. Her artwork displays an observational power, and the budding skills to reproduce those observations, that are well beyond her years. Jack Wittenbrink, our supporting metal and papercut artist from New Orleans thinks she is something of a prodigy because her drawings depict correct anatomical features in proper proportion, while also putting the light of life, curiosity and spirit into the birds she draws. We are happy to have her as a friend, and will continue to feature her work on this website as long as she continues to grace us with more drawings!
We’re back with another look at an artist who turns her talents to the celebration of raptor-kind. This time, we meet Brenda Lyons. Based in Connecticut, Brenda goes by Windfalcon on DeviantArt, speaking to her great love of falcons (she even devotes an entire gallery devoted to Falcons). Her MFA thesis work at the Savannah College of Art and Design was titled An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. Clearly, this is an artist who is deeply inspired by birds of prey.
Her artwork ranges from naturalistic depictions of raptors in their environment to more mystical compositions which capture the spiritual feelings birds of prey engender in many of their admirers. She also does pieces painted directly on feathers. We hope you enjoy the following examples of her art as much as we do!
Please follow Brenda at her website, at DeviantArt and peruse the variety of wonderful prints at DeviantArt and prints, masks, and original art for sale on Etsy. She also has written an instructional book for artists interested in illustrating winged fantasy creatures. To top all that off, she’s no stranger to raptor rehab, involved as a volunteer at Horizon Wings in Connecticut. We’d like to thank Brenda for her dedication to birds of prey, and for allowing us to put her in the spotlight here on our blog.
For our second post featuring beautiful raptor art, we turn our eye to Steve Goad. Hailing from Texas, Steve makes his living as a full-time artist and has worked quite a bit in the video game and publishing industries. His body of work includes still life, landscapes, and charismatic renderings of comic, sci-fi, and fantasy characters, but our focus here today will be on a his lovely raptors.
To follow Steve’s work, please like his Facebook page, follow him on DeviantArt, purchase high-quality prints at Fine Art America, and of course head over to his professional website. We’d like to thank Steve for allowing us to share his work here and for also bringing his artistic talents to bear in these gorgeous renderings of birds of prey.
Birds of prey inspire awe in us, and that awe often finds expression in works of art. Indiana Raptor Center’s Nashville headquarters are a virtual art gallery! To celebrate our appreciation of and respect for artists who create inspiring raptor art of all sorts – from felting to mixed media to comics to illustration – we’re beginning a regular series of artist spotlights here at our new website. Illustrator Claudia Hahn has agreed to be our first subject.
Claudia is a native of Germany, but now calls England home. She describes herself as “an enthusiastic fossil hunter and birdwatcher, a lover of owls,” and can even boast that she once “was the brief owner of a pet magpie.” She is especially interested in working on conservation projects, stemming from her deep appreciation of natural history. This love of the natural world comes through loud and clear in her work, as you will see in the selected pieces below.
First, we’ll start with a couple of owl species we’re well-acquainted with in the midwestern United States: the Barn Owl and Barred Owl.
Claudia’s anatomical studies are as enchanting as her illustrations of live birds, as in this study of a wing.
Naturally, she also focused on raptors exotic to us, as in this incredible portrait of a Red Kite.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Claudia’s work and will follow her on social media: follow her at her artist website and portfolio, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, DeviantArt, and Tumblr. Even better, check out Claudia’s Etsy Shop where you can purchase originals and/ or prints of the works I’ve shared here and many more works that explore other facets of the natural world.
All images in this post © Claudia Hahn and used with her permission.