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About the artist Daniel Smith

posted by Karen Hood
Friday, June 18, 2010
Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith, one of America’s foremost nature artists, enjoys wide acclaim for his spectacular depictions of landscapes and wildlife.

Smith lives in the mountains of southwest Montana where artistic inspiration surrounds him. He has been painting full time for over twenty years and has had more than 100 of his paintings reproduced as limited edition prints. He began his career designing conservation stamps. He has designed more than thirty stamps including the 1988-89 Federal Duck Stamp and was selected as Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year for the second time in 2002. In 2003 he received three prestigious awards from the Society of  Animal Artists. These included an Award of Excellence, The Leonard J. Meiselman Award for a Realistic Painting Executed in an Academic Manner, and The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum Purchase Award.

The detail and scientific accuracy of Smith’s art caught the eyes of organizations such as the National Geographic Society, who commissioned him to paint five color plates for The Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and the prestigious “Birds in Art” exhibition sponsored by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. In 1996 he was inducted into the U.S. ART Hall of Fame due to his great popularity among print collectors.

Smith travels frequently to research his subjects in their natural habitat, believing that there is no substitute for personal experience in the field. He says of his work, “I want people to experience the peace, the tranquillity of the wilderness, of being the only one out there, communing with nature.” An ardent supporter of wildlife conservation, he feels indebted to the natural world that has provided him with the sole inspiration for his award-winning career.

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About the artist Roger Peterson

posted by Karen Hood
Friday, June 18, 2010

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was a world renowned ornithologist, naturalist, author, lecturer and artist. It was in the last category, however, that he placed himself. He was an artist first, foremost and always. His numerous awards are commensurate with his countless contributions to the fields of conservation, natural history and ornithology. His system of field identification made bird watching a world-wide activity. Peterson’s bird paintings, based on a lifetime of observation and study, are international standards.

Born in New York state where the woods, fields and river edges were filled with birds, young Peterson observed and sketched. As a boy he also read about the giants of nature painting: Durer, Lear, Audubon and Fuertes. Peterson attended the Art Students League in New York and the National Academy of Design. Following college, he taught both art and science in Massachusetts. It was during his time as a teacher that Peterson developed his unique system for identifying birds in the field. In 1934, his first Field Guide to the Birds was published.

In the years that followed the publication of his first field guide, Peterson traveled the world to paint, write, lecture and to observe and record obscure and exotic species of birds. He was a member of the administrative staff of the National Audubon Society in charge of educational activities and art editor of their magazine. He was art director for the National Wildlife Federation for more than 30 years. He made films in America, Europe, Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica and the Arctic.

Peterson’s honors have been legion, breaching his diverse fields of expertise: conservation, education, science, literature, natural history, ornithology and public service. Peterson’s art is in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s permanent collection and was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. It reflects a lifetime of artistic discipline, observation and intellectual curiosity.

A journalist named Robert Lynd once wrote that “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” In a noisy world, obsessed with speed, Peterson reminded us that in our quest to press onward, sometimes it is just as important to step back. Surrounded as we are by the wonders of technology, he showed us the joy to be found in the phenomena of nature.

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About the artist Arleta Pech

posted by Karen Hood
Friday, June 18, 2010
Arleta Pech art work

Arleta Pech

Arleta Pech’s striking watercolor paintings have received critical acclaim for their high contrast, unusually intense use of color and exquisite detail. Pech’s ability to achieve both impact and delicacy in her paintings attests to her facility with her preferred medium — watercolor.

Born in the Midwest, Pech has lived in Colorado since 1960. Trained in fine art as a youth, she began her art career as a commercial artist. Pech returned to painting in the late 1970s when she continued her training in watercolors. Pech feels that the turning point of her career came in 1980 when she began to concentrate on floral subjects. At this time she began to receive recognition in local and regional shows and to receive awards for her art.

Watercolor is Pech’s medium of choice because she feels that she can control it and use it to best create the effect of light on her subjects: “I’m painting the light on the flowers, not just the flowers themselves.” Her goal, Pech says, “is to create beautiful images that glow with light and inspiration.”

Her lavish flowers look real enough to pick, bathed in radiant light and surrounded by cascades of elegant white lace. When Arleta paints lace, she really only paints the holes — she doesn’t use any white paint. The only white seen in her paintings is the white of the paper!

Pech is represented by several galleries, and her work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and invitationals. She won the Colorado Watercolor Society Award in the 1986 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition and a special award at the 1988 National Watercolor Society Western Art Invitational. She is a signature member of The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, The NWS Western Invitational and was invited to participate in the 1996 Great Women Artists of America Show. She holds painting workshops for Mill Pond dealers and art organizations across the country. In 1997, The Artist Magazine invited her to join 10 of the top watercolor instructors for a special workshop, attended by 300 artists from around the world. She was invited to show her work in the American Artist Realism Today 2000 competition at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and was invited to attend Presentation Weekend for BK Photo in Troy, Ohio, in 1999. Pech served as the still life juror for The Artist magazine’s national competition in 2000. Feature articles spotlighting her work in major art publications include: Australian Artist (Feb. 2000), American Artist (“Realism Today,” Oct. 2000), International Artist (“Master Painters of the U.S.A.,” Jan. 2000).

Pech’s original paintings are included in many private and corporate collections, and her work has been featured in publications such as American Artist and The Artist Magazine. Her paintings were selected for a series of plates by The Bradford Exchange as well as jigsaw puzzles and posters. Her works are the subject of the book, Painting Fresh Flowers in Watercolor, published by North Light Books.

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