Preening Kingfisher

This wooden sculpture shows the beautiful coloration of the female belted kingfisher. This is one of the few species that has the female as the more colorful. The piece was commissioned to depict the activities of the bird as she awaits her prey high above the water.  It is a life-sized bird and a wall mount, which lends it to be placed high in the room to further tell the story. The bird and branch are carved of tupelo . The bird is painted with oils and the branch is done in acrylics. It resides in a  private collection.

Belted Kingfisher

This life-sized wood sculpture captures the ability of this little angler to hover above pools while looking for prey. It depicts the moment just before the bird tucks its wings and plummets into the eddy. This intricate carving is made of tupelo wood .  Tupelo is a wood found in southern bayous. It  allows the artist to provide the fine detail that is inherent to this art form because it is quite stable and the grain is not a problem. The base is walnut and the stand is cherry. It is painted in oils. It is in a private collection.