Nancy Cawdrey on Wildlife Paintings

Nancy Cawdrey’s unique approach to painting the wildlife of Glacier National Park, Yellowstone Park and the Great North West is best expressed in her own words.

“I like wildlife big and bold, filling the space, strong colors, demanding our attention.  They make a statement about the West in all its glory.  Perhaps my favorite is “Prairie Monarch,” which hasn’t as yet sold.  There is something about the size of bison, bear and moose – I like to take those massive forms and play with the “landscape” within the form.  I try to use lots of saturated color to get the depth and breadth of the animal, and that implies strength and a presence that I experience when I am up close and personal with them in Glacier Park and Yellowstone.

“There is such abundant wildlife in this part of Montana that I never lack for inspiration.  I have painted tiny baby killdeer, about 3 inches high, elegant blue heron patiently fishing in our slough, and the mighty Glacier moose foraging on a hillside full of tender aspen.  Sometimes an animal shows up repeatedly and “asks” me to paint them: a ruby-throated hummingbird, a scarlet runner dragonfly, a glistening brook trout – all suggest nature’s infinite variety and magic.  I once heard from a native American medicine man that everything we need to know to live in harmony on this earth we can learn in nature:  It is our best teacher. “

Heron in Blue


Loon Family


Morning Snack


Loner Raven


Three Heron Night


Forever Glacier: Ursus arctos

Forever Glacier: Vulpes vulpes

Forever Glacier: Canis lupus

It Takes Two

Thunder on the Horizon


Forever Glacier: Bison bison

Coyote Sunset


Bull Bison


Shadow in the Snow


Forever Glacier: Alces alces

What are we Wading For


Wise Guys


Forever Glacier: Oreamnos americanus


Tamed Dragon


Wolf at Sunrise


Heart of the West


Buffalo Bill


Cleared For Take-off


Bobcat Magic


Brookies Abound


Bugle Boys


Fertile Valley Bison


Geography of Wonder


A Kindness of Ravens


Lamb in a Poke


Break Time


Bison Near Valier


Christmas Brookie