"Avocets are splendid birds. The avocet’s long legs, boldly patterned wings, upturned bill, and graceful carriage make it one of North America’s most elegant birds, and a favorite subject of mine. Small groups of avocets pass the winter months in estuaries and lagoons along the Southern California coast, where I live. Most molt into their breeding plumage before leaving their coastal haunts to nest inland along the shores of alkali lakes and freshwater marshes. In breeding dress, a lovely chestnut color develops on the head and neck, replacing the more somber grays of winter. In Avocets and the Evening Sky I tried to capture the peaceful time at day’s end when the birds are settling in to roost. The low angle of the light sculpts their bodies with shadows and reflections both cool and warm, and their chestnut feathering takes on a rich, dark coloration."
Jonathan Alderfer studied panting and sculpture at Cooper Union School of Art in New York City in the late1960s, and has been painting birds since 1983. His work has been shown in museums and galleries on the West Coast. He has been a participant in the prestigious Birds in Art exhibit at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum several times and his work has been on national and international tours. His illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, including a migratory birds. From his studio, Jonathan produces limited edition woodcut and linocut prints.
A limited edition of 300 prints has been created in a horizontal format. The actual image size is 14" x 10", the matted size is 18" x 14", and the framed sized is approximately 20" x 16". Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. The full-color reproduction is printed on a neutral pH, acid-free paper.
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