The Evolution of Flight is a series of ten oil paintings, each painting measuring 18″ x 24″. In the Berkshires of Massachusetts over the last three years I’ve had the opportunity to witness many families of tree swallows (Tachicyneta bicolor), which are a spritely, acrobatic species of insect-hunters who sometimes eat berries. Flashing blue-green dorsal feathers in sunlight, they speed through the air, often moving far faster than I can paint, draw or photograph. How do you make a painting of a bird in flight? Relying on their appearances, habits and flight patterns started as a technical challenge of memory and imagination for creating realist paintings from observation. As the series progressed, the imagery became an ongoing meditation on the fleeting nature of life within the larger cosmos –the evolution of the ability to fly, reflected in the microcosm as local juvenile tree swallows became adults, bred new flocks, and continued their niche in the environment in response to the twin forces of randomness and natural selection. Historically the swallow symbolized Roman and Christian yearnings for supernatural rebirth, but for me as a 21st-Century artist there is a far more intense beauty to be found in the natural theory of evolution as it plays out day after day in the fields and ponds of the Berkshires.
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