My Owls Series was inspired by a great horn owl who lives around our home. I would see him perched on a tree or hear him at night. My first in the series was “Great Horned Owl with Babies” which won a viewer’s choice award at the Hooked in the Mountains XVII exhibition.
Owl Series 2019-2020
I have always had an interest in owls of all kinds. Sometimes I see them or hear them in my yard. One of my first hooked birds was “Great Horned Owl with Babies”. I went on to do many other birds over the years. A trip to VINS, the nature center in Quechee for an owl event brought my interest back. I met an owl keeper and photographer there and seeing the owls up close inspired me to study all types, including the long eared owl that they brought out to examine.
I created many different kinds of owls using a small 6”x 8” size. They were fun to do because they went so quickly and I found I could use a lot of small pieces of wool or my dyed marbleized wool for the backgrounds.
The snowy owl was one of my favorites. I have done a large and small 6”x8” version. I took my own photos of the birds and the photographer I met shared his work with me. I’ve tried barn owl, screech owl, northern hawk owls, snowy owls, barred owls, great horned owls, elf owls and long eared owls.
I got the idea to try another 3/D bird, somewhat like the Red Tail Hawk I did. This was a challenge to get the size right on a Great Horn Owl and as I was finishing the raised hooking area I decided to just cut…