My involvement in drawing and painting birds started in college. As most undergraduates, I had been experimenting with different media and techniques trying to find my niche. When my BFA show approached, I decided I needed a central theme for the exhibit. After reviewing my portfolio, I felt the work that featured our fine, feathered friends had been my strongest. Most of my pieces had a nature-based narrative, so it seemed like a good fit.
Over time, my interests progressed and evolved. In addition to the studio work, I started bird-watching and doing nature photography as well. As a result, a variety of different series of work have developed over the years. Each distinctive, but all still linked by the subject matter.
I enjoy both the creative and technical aspects of making art. Technically, I continually investigate elements of composition. Creatively, I try to develop ideas unique to my personality.
After more than 25 years, I still have an enthusiasm for the topic, and I try to capture that excitement in each and every one of my compositions.
David M. Yates 2017