Fly Away Home

After a recent trip to Nantucket, and loving a foggy day, I was inspired to paint this coastal inlet, and these beautiful egrets. This scene is one that you might find many places in North America where nature thrives.

Egrets inhabit much of the USA and Mexico at different times of the year. Being quite adaptable, they hunt in almost any live water area. They wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals, typically standing still and watching for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.

Fly Away Home is an oil, 18×24.

#nantucket, #egrets, #seascape, #landscape, #oilpainting

Posted in Animals, Creighton Block Gallery, Waterscape, Waterscape, Wildlife

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Laurie Stevens

About Me

Stevens’ work reflects the small daily wonders of the land she calls home: the first crocus of spring, the resilient beauty of the plains, or that special sense of hope and possibility that is only found in the West. Stevens is also interested in regional history, particularly the interactions of Native Americans and white settlers during the Reservation Period. Many of her paintings are an exploration of this dynamic and a meditation on the “taming of the West.” From Billings, MT, Laurie began her career as an artist in Los Angeles where she spent 12 years working for the entertainment industry as a scenic artist and muralist for television, theme park, theater and movie productions. She spent time as a member of the Walt Disney Imagineering team, lending her talents to many Disney theme park projects worldwide. She also did some set design, illustration, and matte paintings for several animated childrens’ movies. In the 1980’s Stevens returned to her native Montana, first to the mountains near the Scapegoat Wilderness and then to the ranch near Great Falls where she currently lives and works.

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