Urban Wildlife of Stark County Painting Series
(See Artist Statement Below)
(Paintings are available for purchase. See price list below.)
There is something beautiful about driving around late at night when there is no one else awake but the night creatures that inhabit the city. The approach of my car startles them. They take notice of me, and they ponder whether they should flee or stand their ground. They regard me as my headlights capture their visage. I regard them too, with a mix of fascination and wonder. It is just them and me, and I see them – really SEE them – words fail to describe the encounter.
For about a year and half, this was my nightly adventure. To earn extra money to supplement my art business, I took on a paper route for a time that required that I make my deliveries in the early morning hours. Every night, I crept around three local neighborhoods, delivering the Canton Respository to subscribers, and observing the nightly goings on of the urban wildlife that make Canton, OH and Stark County their home.
Ordinary creatures, perhaps. These are not exotic creatures from Africa or the outback. All too often they are what we call “road kill” as we pass their lifeless carcasses on the highway. We share our community with them, and yet, we often dismiss them as pests or annoyances. The sad irony is that we have encroached on their habitat. It is they who have suffered the consequences of our urban sprawl.
Great beauty can be found in the ordinary, and great beauty can be found in the brief interaction between woman and beast. Since words fail to describe that beauty, I have endeavored to recreate my urban wildlife encounters with images. In each painting in this series of 12 acrylic paintings on wood, I have tried to share a moment of regard between myself and a wild animal in my community.
Not all of the creatures rendered in this series are night dwellers. As I immersed myself in this painting project, I decided to paint animals that I have encountered during the daylight hours as well. Although the initial inspiration came from my nightly travels, I extended my creative exploration to day creatures, too. All of the animals rendered are native to Stark County, OH. They are named as “Night Stalkers” and “Day Stalkers” and numbered according to the order in which I painted them.
Each painting represents an encounter, a moment of regard, or an observation of an extraordinarily ordinary creature that shares a habitat with me.
Life is an Adventure!
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Night Stalker # 1 – Deer – 24” x 36” – $300.00
Night Stalker # 3 – Skunk – 24” x 36” – $300.00
Night Stalker # 4 – Opossum – 24” x 36” – $300.00
Night Stalker # 5 – Rabbit – 24” x 36” – $300.00
Night Stalker # 6 – Raccoon – $250.00
Day Stalker # 7 – Canada Goose – $250.00
Day Stalker # 8 – Wild Turkey – $250.00
Day Stalker # 9 – Squirrel – 24” x 36” – $300.00
Day Stalker # 10 – Groundhog – 24” x 36” – $300.00
Day Stalker # 11 – Ring Billed Gull – $250.00