Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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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.>>

 
07
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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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07
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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.>>

 
07
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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 Art Curator, Natalie Henderson, for more information.

 

 
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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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03

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.

 
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Bottomland Bachelors

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 RYAN KIRBY

BOTTOMLAND BACHELORS
30 x 20, Oil on Board, $4,800

The inspiration for this painting came from Ryan’s own experiences of hunting turkeys throughout the Lowcountry. Moving into spring, with his mind drifting more and more towards turkeys, Ryan painted Bottomland Bachelors, trio of southern longbeards stepping out from beneath the shadows of a massive oak tree overtaken by Spanish moss on a springtime evening.

Watch Ryan’s behind the scenes footage and inspiration behind the painting:

Bottomland Bachelors by Ryan Kirby, 30 x 20, Oil on Board, $4,800

 

Ryan is a wildlife artist who seeks to brilliantly recreate iconic moments from the great outdoors. Working with oil paint, his loose brushstrokes and strong compositions capture those extraordinary close encounters with wildlife. Ryan grew up in Illinois farm country, surrounded by row crops and plenty of wildlife. He now resides in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Kim, and their two children, Rhett and Brooklyn. When he’s not outdoors you can find him in his studio pushing paint and listening to country music. Ryan’s artwork has raised tens of thousands of dollars for conservation groups, whose missions are close to his own heart.

Learn more about Ryan.

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Season of Plenty

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 JIM BORTZ

SEASON OF PLENTY
12 x 12, Oil on Gessobord, $2200

“Spring in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley is something one has to experience to truly appreciate. The vibrant abundance of life is nothing less than astonishing. Herds of grazing bison dominate the lush landscape as their newborn calves romp and frolic nearby. Small groups of young bulls occasionally knock heads, but for the most part peacefully tolerate each other. The older bulls seem to prefer a little space, lazily filling their bellies with tender new grass and enjoying the relative ‘easy life’ for however long it may last.”

 

Season of Plenty by Jim Bortz, 12×12, Oil on Gessobord, $2200

 

A lifelong outdoorsman, painter Jim Bortz relates his unique experiences in the field through brush and oil paint. Adventures in fly fishing, elk hunting, and backcountry camping all lend an unmistakable authenticity to his work. With a bold impressionistic style built on a foundation of solid drawing skills, Jim’s work strikes a balance of honest believability and a fearless contemporary palette. Making his home in Cody, Wyoming near the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park, he has access to all the subjects he loves to observe and paint. Traversing the wild places of the Rocky Mountain West provides endless opportunities for exploration and inspiration.

To inquire about purchasing, please email Natalie Henderson, SEWE Art Curator.

Learn more about Jim.

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Reflecting

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 DANIEL PORTER

REFLECTING
10 x 12, Oil on Panel, $3500

“Not long ago, after returning from a visit to the river I entered my studio contemplating the quiet beauty and regeneration that comes with spring. I contemplated this alongside our current moment in history. As I settled in and began to mix paint, a peaceful inner resolve began to wash over me bringing me to a place of renewed vision where I would come to accept this time we are living in as a gift. I would take this time to reflect. Reflect on priorities, reflect on my days, reflect on all the great blessings of my life. Reflecting is symbolic of traveling the swift river of life, and realizing the importance of moving into quieter waters for a moment if only to consider the blessings, beauty and peace that is all around us regardless of what is taking place in life’s circumstances.”

 

Daniel, a resident of New Brunswick, Canada, is a student of nature, conservationist and outdoorsman. His work is noted for its attention to unique detail which is tempered and evident by his firsthand knowledge and close experience with the subjects dealt with throughout his work. He is constantly immersed in study gaining ever more insight into his practice in art.

“My influences have changed over the years. I’ve had a wonderful journey learning to define what a truly fine work of art is comprised of. My goal is to be clean and simple in my approach, providing the right amount of information in a piece and leaving room for the minds eye to fill in certain aspects with its own interpretations. This inherently leads people to a much greater connection with the work. Being effective this way means giving my subject a solid sense of place in its environment without overwhelming detail. I consider these key elements in the design, execution and hopefully the ultimate success of my paintings.”

Learn more about Daniel.

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