A Gathering of Carnivores was inked because like many others I think carnivorous plants are so interesting. They, like many beautiful sights in nature, flourish in areas not really frequented by people. Swamps and wetlands are better suited for water fowl, snakes and amphibians but they are important to the overall balance on the Earth. In short, we need them to survive. In this picture you'll find Northern Pitcher Plants , Green Pitcher plants and Sun Dew. These are found here in Delaware as well as New Jersey and southward. These plants attract insects with their sweet scent. The insect crawls into or onto the plant and cannot crawl away again thanks to the hairs that line the inside of the plant or in the case of the Sundew; a sweet sticky substance that a insect cannot resist or escape from.  Do you notice the fly far right? If it gets past the carnivorous plants...will it escape the three frogs? An observer to the "gathering" is the baby Bog Turtle. It's life is worthy to be considered, prayed for and cherished as it is on the endangered list.

The Original is double matted inside a dark 18'x 24" frame. The image is 12 x 18" and is for sale for $1200.00 . Also available are signed numbered (200) archival quality prints.
The large print is 10.5 x 15" and is $80.00. The small print is 7.5 x 10" and is $45.00 .

Gathering of Carnivores

Diamondback Terrapin

The Diamondback Terrapin is a picture I wanted to ink for a long time. I saw my first one up close a few years ago at a nature center. I reached out a finger to touch its head and wondered at the softness of it's silvery white skin. They are beautiful! The back round is composed of things I found as I walked the trails at Chincoteague Is. Va.  My favorite find was the branch you see here in the grasses. It was dry as a bone washed up long ago in a high tide but the barnacle's shells hung on. In a word it looked COOL. So into the picture it went along with the teensy fowler toads that hopped around me as I knelt to sketch the aster. Four of those cuties hide in this picture.

The original Diamondback Terrapin inking is SOLD. I have limited edition (300) signed & numbered prints of museum quality available. They come in two sizes, chosen to fit frames that are either 11"x14" or 16" x 20". These are nice standard size frames and easy to find. Just trying to keep things easy.

The large prints are $80.00 & the small ones are $45.00

Cool Shady Places

 I was brought up in a place where a hike in the woods was more likely than watching TV. I still feel embraced and sheltered when surrounded completely by green , the tree's canopy above and soft moss below. In between there are the rocks & ferns and through them are the well traveled paths that we make or the obscure ones that deer follow to water everyday. As we walked we heard the caution...be careful of snakes. I couldn't be honest as an artist about representing the creatures that live so close and yet so quietly beside us if I left out this common beautiful snake. I lived years thinking it was called a garden snake. Then I heard garter snake. It is a harmless creature pretty in the way all scaled animals are .  For the most part I wanted to present the snake as I think of it , resting cool & quiet beneath green, minding it's own business, watching out for wayward feet.

The original image "Cool Shady Places" measures 18" x 14" and is available for $1500.00. There are limited edition , signed and numbered prints available for purchase  . The larger measures 15-1/4" x 12" , It's $80.00 and the smaller print measures 10-1/2" x 8" for $45.00

Wood Frog

I was invited to be an artist in residence in the little red cabin at the head of the waterfall at the Platte Clove Preserve in the Catskills New York , Fall of 2011 .
I would leave the warm cozy cave of the cabin and walk the trails. I was overwhelmed with moss covered granite rock under big blue skies , shocks of red and gold in autumn color and the great display of nature’s forces as I watched the waters fall. Everywhere that I stopped to rest and observe this grandeur , I would look around to notice I had a quiet companion.

In every case a small wood frog kept me company.

And so, we watched together.

The original is SOLD but limited edition S/N prints are still available of this wood frog. The prints measure 7" x 10" and are $45.00 .