Description i hate to drive but this april i finally managed to get myself to one of america's most famous birding hot spots: the 'sky islands' of the chiricahua mountains of southeast arizona. there are many rarities to be seen, but the elegant trogon is probably the highest on the list of first-time birders to the area, owing to it's wonderful colors, it's hair-raising call, and it's so fragile toe-hold in the united states. i chased one through the oak woodlands for almost an hour, the splendid male affording me many looks and shots. into this background i added a parchment from a 1927 trogon painting by the wonderful painter louis agassiz fuertes.
R Christopher Vest, Dolores, Colorado Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Chris Vest is a self-taught artist with a 25 year background in pen and ink drawing, oil painting, scratch board, photography and screen printing. In the 1990s he embraced the computer revolution and developed a way to merge painting and photography in the digital medium. In the tradition of Alfred Stieglitz's "Photo-Secessionist" movement, the photographic image is transformed by intense painterly manipulation to create textures and effects that attempt to bridge the unique properties of photography and painting, a process he has dubbed the "painted photo montage".
Chris professionally divides his time between fine art, graphic design, and natural history illustration. He contributed birding vistas to a book published in 2010 by the American Bird Conservancy called 'Bird Conservation'.
After years of wandering, traveling and living in Alaska, Switzerland, Israel, Wyoming, Virginia and Kansas, Chris now lives with his partner Cathy and 25 companion animals on a six acre farm near Dolores, Colorado. Together they are restoring the land, formerly badly overgrazed by cattle. In addition, they operate a small animal shelter, rescuing and fostering animals from across the four corners area. All profits help this animal rescue effort.
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