Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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Onward

ANNOUNCING THE 2021 FEATURED ARTIST & PAINTING

SEWE is proud to name Charleston artist Mark Kelvin Horton as its 2021 Featured Artist. Horton is known for his unique paintings of Lowcountry landscapes, representing the heart and soul of southern life in each of his pieces. He paints beyond a literal interpretation of a scene to portray nature in a way that reflects his own ideas and sensibilities, while capturing the grandiose beauty of billowing clouds over marshes, the elegance of an egret in flight or the effect of late light on a working oysterman. His painting, Onward, was chosen as the 2021 Featured Painting for its captivating perspective of a cloudy sky hanging over Charleston’s iconic waterways.

“It is a great honor to be selected as the Featured Artist for SEWE 2021,” said Horton. “This has been an interesting and trying time for us all over the last several months, a period full of uncertainty, change and adjustments. But, one thing I feel certain of is that we have not and will never give up. We will keep pushing forward in our own way. This is the message and feeling that I seek to convey in the Featured Painting, Onward. I have spent the last 20 years capturing the drama of the ever-changing weather conditions of the Lowcountry, often focusing on the more stormy views. Even though this piece has an element of turbulent skies, there is a hopefulness and brightness that, along with the egret taking flight, portrays what I believe we all will have for the coming days. The design further expresses that sense of moving ahead with hope and grace.”

SEWE 2021 will be held February 11 through 14, marking 39 years of excellence in wildlife art, conservation and the sporting lifestyle.

“Mark will represent all of us as the 2021 Featured Artist, and his work entitled Onward, will serve as a reminder to persevere,” said John Powell, SEWE Executive Director. “Mark is respected and admired far beyond Charleston and he will be a great ambassador for SEWE and its esteemed collection of artists.”

Horton is the first Charleston-based artist to be named Featured Artist since John Carroll Doyle in 2005 .

ABOUT MARK KELVIN HORTON

Mark Kelvin Horton was born and raised in rural North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University School of Art in 1983, Horton moved to New York City to begin a career in advertising and design. He carried with him the dream of someday becoming a painter.

Eighteen years of living in New York were spent working as a creative director in various advertising agencies and Horton eventually founded his own design company. Those years provided an invaluable opportunity for him to view and study firsthand the seemingly endless number of masterworks of art in the city’s museums and galleries. Horton became particularly fascinated with the works of George Inness, Herman Herzog, Frederick Church and the tonalist photographer, Edward Steichen, as well as the romantic landscapes of the Hudson River School painters. The experience had a profound effect on his artistic development.

During his years working as an artistic director and designer, Horton continued to nurture his “fine art side” by drawing, sketching and painting whenever he had the opportunity. But in early 2001, he made the decision to devote himself full-time to painting. He left New York City and returned to his southern roots, moving to Charleston, South Carolina.

Horton often travels from his home in Charleston to paint and teach across the country and in Europe. He is a member of many national artists organizations, including Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. Horton has earned numerous awards and been featured in several notable art publications, including Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collector. He has also served as judge for multiple painting competitions. Horton’s work is featured in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections around the world, including the Art in the Embassies program in Ottawa, Canada and Dakar, Senegal. He is also the co-owner of Horton Hayes Fine Art, located in historic downtown Charleston.

 
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Farm Boys

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH FROM THE FOUNDRY WITH STEFAN SAVIDES

FARM BOYS
39″h x 35″w x 21″d, Bronze, $15,000

“I’m inspired by my lifelong fascination of birds. They have been my life’s passion from a very early age. My goal in my work is to depict a slice of a bird’s personal life that is generally missed by the casual viewer. A closeness can be created by this process and one may walk away with a greater understanding of these amazing creatures.”

 

Stefan Savides

 

Also available from Stefan Savides


African Extremes, 25″h x 12″w x 6″d, Edition 35, $2,200

 


Wrens Day, 11″h x 7″w x 5″d, Edition 35, $1,800

 


Globe Trotter, Bronze, 4″h x 14″w x 5″d, Edition 35, $1,800

 


Summer Breeze, 26″h x 7″w x 9″d, Edition 35, $2,900

 


Tres Pescadores, 6″h x 23″w x 8″d, Edition 35, $3,100

 

MORE ABOUT STEFAN

“I came into this world totally fascinated with birds,” says sculptor Stefan Savides. “My earliest childhood memories were all about birds. They have been a lifelong fascination that I’ve never strayed from.” Combine Stefan’s love of birds with an innate sense of design inspired by his mother’s ever-present floral designs. Add extensive experience in taxidermy and you have an artist whose cast bronze bird sculptures grace the collections of art connoisseurs and bird enthusiasts across the country and beyond. “I would have to give my dearest Mother 90 percent credit for my art training as she was an exceptional floral arranger,” he says. “I feel I got the essence of design through osmosis via living around her never-ending parade of floral designs.” However, it was the years of taxidermy that fine-tuned Stefan’s understanding of anatomy. ” I consider taxidermy a form of sculpture,” he says. “For me, it was not just about mounting a bird, but it was creating an entire composition, using all the elements of design and emotional connection. I have always considered myself to be an artist first, and a taxidermist second.”

Having spent 53 years as a taxidermist, Stefan currently considers himself a “recovering taxidermist.” He now devotes his attention full time to casting birds in bronze at his Klamath Falls, Oregon, studio. The work space features an entire glass wall that looks out onto a pond with both resident and visiting waterfowl – a constant source of inspiration. “I feel that my job is to give each person who views my work a personal insight into the private life of each specie that I sculpt,” says the artist whose entire life has focused on recreating birds in one form or another.


See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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Ivory Elegance

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH NELSON TUCKER

Nelson Tucker is a skilled artist despite his young age. He thrives on exploring different mediums but is especially passionate about scratchboard – a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath.  A captivating process to witness, watch below as Nelson tediously creates a scratchboard piece from start to finish.

 


IVORY ELEGANCE
Bull Elephant, 16 x 20 | 24 x 28 framed, Scratchboard, $3,950

 

Also available from Nelson Tucker


GREAT WHIT E HERON
9 x 24 | Framed 17 x 32,  Scratchboard, $1,600


SENTINEL BALD EAGLE
8 x 10 | Framed 14 x 16, Scratchboard, $1000


HORNED OWL
8 x 10 | Framed 14 x 16, Scratchboard, $1000

 

MORE ABOUT NELSON

Nelson is not a novice to the world of art, even though his young age would tell a different story. You might say he was born into an art studio. Both Nelson’s father and mother are professional artists. Having a natural talent for drawing, since day one, he was attracted to learning more. In middle school he started gaining attention for his three dimensional work and won awards from the local school district’s art competition. In high school Nelson’s acrylic painting won first prize for 11th grade category and The Best of Show in 2012. Nelson also submitted and was accepted into the National Scholastics Art and Writing Competition, 2013. From these judged pieces, the curators from the Denver Art Museum chose a few select pieces to display in an exclusive show in the Denver Art Museum where Nelson’s pen and ink, “Colorado River Toad” was prominently displayed as the first piece of artwork as you entered the gallery. His original artwork was a bit unusual because it took up the entire wall. After high school he attended Columbus College of Art and Design for two years, studying illustration. Nelson attended the 2017 Illustration Academy, in Kansas City, MO. A five week intensive hands-on course taught by many of the country’s premier illustrators. Here Nelson tackled projects and techniques that expanded his skills and approach to creating art. He was challenged and ended the course with renewed enthusiasm for refining and expanding his own techniques.

 

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Daydream Believer

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH KATHRYN ASHCROFT

DAYDREAM BELIEVER
Oil on Linen, 20 x 30, $4,200

“The words to the song Daydream Believer, sung by The Monkees, kept going through my head the whole time I was painting this piece. It just seemed to me that this beautiful little black bear was daydreaming about whatever it is that black bears daydream about, as it relaxed on its favorite tree limb. high above the forest floor. I wanted to give a sense of height, space and relaxation with this piece. I hope all who view it will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it.”

– Kathryn Ashcroft

Kathryn Ashcroft was born in a small, Northern Utah farming town in 1961. She was raised on the family dairy farm where animals were fed before people were and a strong work ethic was instilled in her at a very young age. Many hours were spent on the back of a horse and riding was her favorite pass time. Her Mother, also an artist, created beautiful paintings in oil and this was a great source of inspiration. Kathryn began drawing animals very early and was encouraged and taught by her Mother and by Nature.

Kathryn began working in oils in 2004. Striving to convey the essence of the animal, as opposed to a detailed depiction, she uses a loose, painterly style. The result is a beautiful rendition of what the viewer would see if they were viewing the animal in the wild. Abstract backgrounds bring the focus of the painting to the animal itself.

As a child, Kathryn had ample opportunities to view wildlife in its natural environment. She continues observing and studying animals every day and her paintings are based on personal experiences that she has had. She will not paint an animal unless she has seen it and studied it in the wild. Countless hours are spent outdoors and in nature capturing reference material for her artwork. While the main focus of her work is wildlife, Kathryn also paints western and Native themes.

The use of light, color, shape and value are important to Kathryn and she is constantly striving to bring all dimensions of her paintings to a higher level. Kathryn’s work is found in collections across the country and internationally. It is her desire that all who view her work will have a greater appreciation for the natural world.

Learn more about Kathryn Ashcroft.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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Fresh off the Easel Gallery

AVAILABLE WORKS

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. All works below are available for sale. Please contact SEWE for more information.

 

 
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Hope

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH FROM THE FOUNDRY WITH WALTER MATIA

HOPE
English Setter, 24″l x 25″h x 7″d, Bronze, Edition 10, $7,500

“On a warm Fall day, a young Setter pup is let loose on her first morning in the bird fields. Gone in an instant. From the back of a horse, my hunting partner murmured almost to himself, “I sure hope the dog comes back.”  She did come back and on that day got both her name and began the first chapter of one of those dogs of a lifetime.”
– Walter Matia

Walter Matia possesses a vision of the world around him. His work is biographical; the subject matter is so much a part of his life that it is like a diary, personal art that comes straight from the heart. Walt was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Upon graduation he worked in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The Nature Conservancy.  He started his art studio, Curlew Castings in 1984. His works have been exhibited shows across the country. He is a Master Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He resides in Dickerson, MD with his wife, daughter, son, Pip the Setter and Tink the Lab.

Here is one of our favorite videos about Walt produced by Orvis, a SEWE partner.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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On Fire

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH ELEANOR PARKER

ON FIRE
Oil on Linen, 22 x 28, $2,800

“I was raised in the Lowcountry, spending countless hours in the creeks and marshes. As a painter, I have learned to observe the ever changing landscape and strive to tell the story through my work.”
– Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Royall Parker lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina where she grew up on the waters of the Lowcountry. She and her husband Russ raised their family on Shem Creek. Eleanor has painted for many years, but in the last three years has taken a more serious interest in perfecting her craft. She is most interested in the sky and its varied light effects on the waters and marshlands that she is so familiar with. Eleanor has been lucky enough to study under many notable artists with amazing skills in the use of light, and this study has enhanced her ability to capture that light in her oil paintings.

 

Also available from Eleanor Parker


WATERWAY
48 x 60, $5,600

 


TURNING MARSH
11 x 14, $1,300

 


MISTY MORNING
18 x 24, $2,400

 


COLD WATER
12 x 12, $800

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Underneath and Above

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>


FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH CHRIS MAYNARD

UNDERNEATH AND ABOVE
Naturally Shed Rattlesnake Skin, 12×18, $4,600

Chris Maynard, artist and avid bird conservationist, shares his unique art form of intricately carved feathers. To Chris, each feather is a small bit of perfection. to create his shadowboxed feathers, Maynard tediously works with three necessities – eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses. The feathers used are collected from aviaries after natural molting, with no harm to the bird. In fact, many of the owners of the feathers in the art are still alive and well.

“I work with feathers and the process is about flight and transformation. I was looking for balance and found that through the snakeskin. Life is a balance between getting to where we want to be and being where we are.”
– Chris Maynard

Watch Chris’s fascinating  process below carving a turkey feather with a scalpel:

 

 

Also available from Chris Maynard

WAIT WHAT
15×12, $2,400

 

GROUND AND SKY STUDY
5×7, $970

 

Chris Maynard has worked with feathers since he was twelve. His unique feather shadowboxes are recognized by art collectors, bird lovers, and a wide and interesting variety of people from around the world. He only has time to turn a small portion of his ideas, which fill many notebooks, into his shadow box feather designs. His favorite tools are the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family. Chris combines his strong backgrounds in biology and ecology into not only his art, but also a tabletop book and engaging and informative talks on the beauty, function, and meaning of feathers.

Learn more about Chris.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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The Stalker

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 

FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH DAVID KIEHM

THE STALKER
11 x 14, Oil on Panel, $2600

“Water, light and reflections have always drawn me to wetlands. Once there, the animals that call the place home become the focus. This green heron became the perfect subject to tie together all the elements that make wetlands magical.”

 

Also available from David Kiehm

WATCHING
8 x 10, Oil on Panel, $995

 

ABOUT DAVE

David “Dave” Kiehm’s realistic painting style comes from a lifetime of observing nature first hand. His love of all things wild translate into evocative images meticulously rendered to capture the intricacies of the animals and their world.

Dave was born in upstate New York and moved with his family to Pennsylvania where he graduated from North Penn High School in their Advanced Art Program. During these years, Dave became interested in wildlife and was rarely seen without his binoculars, sketchpad and pencils. After graduating with high honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City he worked as an illustrator for wildlife magazines including Sports Afield, Field and Stream and Outdoor Life. He worked for ten years as an Art Director for Danbury Mint.

Dave has been honored with awards nationally and internationally including the prestigious award: “BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year.” The Judges said his painting, Foundation Wall, “…stood out in a competitive category because of its lovely composition, exquisite detail and excellent depiction of light.”

Dave has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe to observe wildlife and wild places for subjects for his paintings. These paintings have been shown at Marwell International Wildlife Society, UK, Roger Tory Peterson Institute Museum, The Houston Museum of Natural History, The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, and The Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, UK, to name a few.

Dave lives and works in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains of New York with his family, including his golden retriever, Maggie.

Learn more about David Kiehm.

See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 
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Cardinal I & II

SEWE counts it a great privilege to showcase an expansive collection of wildlife art from premier painters and sculptors in the genre. While the pinnacle of our year occurs in February when artists and collectors gather in Charleston, we represent artists and source new work year-round. We look forward to celebrating these new works with you throughout the year, and hope they bring you the same inspiration as they do us.  Stay tuned as new works will be released bi-monthly. See all available works at the Fresh off the Easel gallery.>>

 

FRESH OFF THE EASEL WITH EZRA TUCKER

CARDINAL I
11 x 14, Acrylic on Board, $2900

CARDINAL II
11 x 14, Acrylic on Board, $2900

“Cardinals evoke childhood memories of bird watching and my late mother’s support of my art. During the winter months, my mother would put out birdseed and bread in our backyard so cardinals would return and I would have models to base my drawings upon.”

       

 

Also available from Ezra Tucker

FRESH CATCH
40 x 30, Acrylic on Board, $19,800

“The unusual looking pelican is a fascinating and interesting bird to observe. When they are competing for food it is a chaotic event. I wanted to capture a relaxed pair seeming to get along and share a captured fish without combat. The Brown Pelican and the White pelican are beautiful in flight. When I observed my first pelican in flight, my imagination took me to Greek mythology imagery of a flying Pegasus.”

 

ABOUT EZRA

Ezra Tucker’s wildlife art is reminiscent of the descriptive art produced by naturalist like Audubon and Gould. The art of Classical Wildlife artist like Bob Khun, Carl Rungius, Edwin Landseer, Arthur Wardle and Barye has also influenced his style. His depictions like theirs, pulls the viewer into the artwork from curiosity and their desire to be informed. He achieves this with dynamic compositions, unexpected color, lighting, and scale. Ezra’s large scale paintings of birds and mammals give dignity and presence to each creature he depicts. His compositions reflect the classical style of presenting wildlife in a natural state to reveal their natural behaviors and postures. His depictions are alive, animated and appear ready to step out of two dimensions into a three dimensional world. It is obvious from his exceptional drawing skills that his art derives from his acute knowledge from study of each creature and not from a photographers point of view. His challenge and focus is always to define the beauty of each animal. There is a romantic appeal that he achieves with his color palette and lighting of his subjects that is familiar but new to contemporary wildlife art. Ezra’s background as a commercial illustrator and designer gives him the experience and almost scientific knowledge of how to present animals in an iconic or bold manner. His use of earth tones and warm light gives his subjects an old masters appeal that brings warmth to any traditional or contemporary setting when his art is displayed. His art is distinctive and reflective of natural history museum collections. Ezra states, “The challenge I have for myself is to present the beauty and majesty of the animal world in dynamic form to help influence the preservation of our planet varied species through my representation of their nature through my art.