Artist Fo­cus Page

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Artist Anne Pey­ton has a motto for her life: “All birds, all of the time.” She elab­o­rates, “Ei­ther I am look­ing at birds, train­ing birds or feed­ing birds. But most days, you will find me paint­ing birds. There are days when I am lucky to spend time work­ing with cap­tive birds of prey, in­clud­ing ea­gles, hawks, owls, fal­cons and vul­tures.

The time with them al­lows me to study them care­fully, which comes in quite handy when paint­ing a rap­tor. I also find field study to be just as use­ful.”

Over the years, Pey­ton has found that the painters she ad­mires the most are the ones with di­rect knowl­edge of their sub­ject mat­ter. “Be­cause of this, I try to spend as much time as pos­si­ble study­ing rap­tors and other birds in the wild,” she says. “Cam­eras al­low me to take de­tails home with me, but I find I re­mem­ber the best bird sub­jects and their be­hav­iors when seen with my eyes.”

Pey­ton says her fo­cus is to bring the birds she has seen in the field closer to the eyes of view­ers. “My hope is to share my pas­sion for birds by re­lat­ing their beauty through art,” she says. “I also want to spark an emo­tion. As a wildlife con­ser­va­tion­ist, I be­lieve that peo­ple will only care for the things they love. If my paint­ings can in­spire the viewer to want to know more about birds and to care for them a bit more, then I have had a suc­cess­ful day.”

Hawk of the Sun, acrylic, 20 x 30”

Au­tumn Chill, acrylic, 12 x 9”

Over­cast, acrylic, 16 x 20"

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