In The Andes
Grey Breasted Mountain Toucans
Gouache on Ill. Board
40 x 30 in.
|This is one of my very early paintings
done in 1973. As a zoology student, I
had been on a 3 month field expedition
for the LSU Museum of Natural History.
While there, we collected these birds in
their natural habitat in Peru, around 7,000
feet in elevation on the Eastern slopes of
the Andes. Many thanks to Dr. John
O'Neill for making the trip possible for
me as an undergraduate, and also for
allowing me to watch him paint and learn
the techniques of detailed bird illustration.