Birds have been the most enduring image in my art. I have been a fan of the crow for a long time. I admire them for their abstract shapes and the gestures of movement that these birds create. I often work with birds that are considered survivalists/generalists, they endure and adapt: Crows, Pigeons, Gulls, Geese and many of the Raptors. They congregate frequently in communities. And it’s often through their relationships with each other that they survive. I have become intrigued with the way these generalists adapt to the human made environment.
In my artwork I am concerned with depicting, or capturing the life of birds. The shape of the bird I seek to convey is specific to a movement. I often will rework an image until the drawing catches the particular shape and gesture of the bird. My work is a composite of my drawings and photos. The final work is usually a composition created from numerous sources.
I am portraying, as best I can, the spirit of the bird.
Nancy Weymouth Halbrooks