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. “