Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistChris Crowley Platinum Member CollectionAnimals
Description Anhingas, also known as darters or snake birds, are a frequent sight in Central Florida, but still amaze people with their unusual qualities! These birds swim underwater in search of fish, and spear them with their dagger sharp bills. Swimming to the surface, they consume their prey and resume hunting. when they are done, you will find them either sunning to dry off their wings, or preening like in this shot. The feathers on their necks, heads, and backs, look more like fur than feathers. They are very ungainly on land, but are agile swimmers, and wonderful flyers! Anhinga's don't produce oil to repel water from their feathers like their cousins, the Cormorants do. Consequently, they must dry off their feathers periodically so they don't get water-logged, and so they can fly. In flight, anhingas are graceful, and can soar without flapping. They are remarkable, and beautiful, large birds.
Chris Crowley, South Daytona Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement I have been doing pen and ink work since the 1970's, and eventually developed a style where I used watercolor washes with it. While I liked the results, I wanted more.
In 2006 I got my first digital camera. Once I realized what you could do with post processing on a photograph, I began altering them to become artwork. Now, I alter my artwork to become photos! The resulting mixed media final products are fun for me to do, and have opened a whole new world of creativity and possibility! While I still like both pure art and photography, I love pushing the boundaries of each.
Living in the Central Florida area for most of my life has provided me with beautiful scenery to capture. Whether it be a macro of a flower that is altered into a surreal state, or amping up the colors of a scenic, photography has become a way of life, and so has post processing, which brings out the artistic heart in me. It was just natural to progress from that to digitally altering my hand done art, as well. My style is my own, and I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy presenting it to you!