Description PASSENGER PIGEONfrom Transparent Watercolor Original Extinct10 X 14 inchesThis painting appeared on the cover of the Spring 2002 issue of Wild Earth magazine. I thought a long time about the best way to paint the passenger pigeon. I looked at a lot of old paintings by Fuertes, Audubon and others to see what had been done. Many showed them in courtship displays, nesting, or in huge flocks. I decided to show a single male bird perched on a red oak with a few acorns. I thought this would give a chance to get a nice close up of the bird to appreciate how beautiful they were.
Matthew Bohan, Lansing, MI Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement Matthew Bohan is a freelance medical illustrator, wildlife artist, and photographer. His lifelong interest in animals and art led him to get his MS in Biology from St. Bonaventure University and his MFA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan (UM).
Four of his wildlife paintings are in the Uof M’s permanent collection; others have been displayed in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Watercolor U.S.A. 2000, and the Colorado Bird Observatory’s Annual Songbird Show.
American Artist magazine featured an article on his watercolor technique in the May 2001 issue. His medical illustrations and animations have appeared in print, video, and award winning CD-ROMs. His paintings and photographs have appeared in Wild Earth Journal, Birder’s World, Wildlife Art Magazine, Lighthouse Digest and The Nature Conservancy’s national magazine. He currently lives in Lansing, Michigan.