Sacred Grove

Just outside of Palmyra, New York is a grove of trees. In 1820 a young man named Joseph Smith came here to pray about the truth of religion. He was visited by God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Only the atonement and sacrifice of Jesus has impacted my life more than this event.


The reason I paint so many birds is that I find the beautiful and interesting. However, there is another secret. Nobody really knows what a particular bird is supposed to look like. If the beak is wrong or the eye slightly misplaced, nobody knows. You can make a lot of painting mistakes and still end up with a nice picture.


I really enjoy birds of prey. The action in this owl was interesting. The picture must have been taken at night and the bird was startled. The texture in the feathers was interesting to paint.