The Source of the River


18.5 X 26.25
29.25 X 36.75 Framed

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Born in 1938 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Thomas Quinn is renowned for his watercolors of the birds and animals of Western America. Although his work lies within the realm of realism, subtlety, elegance, and nuance are the hallmarks of his aesthetic. Quinn’s distinctive style is characterized by a masterful use of composition, space, and color. Adhering to a “less is more” approach, he creates suggestive and very ethereal images of wildlife.

Growing up in Marin County, California, he developed a familiarity with the area’s animals, birds, and plants. His interest was given further impetus when, at age five, he was given a copy of Wild Animals of North America, which featured illustrations by the artist-naturalist Louis Fuertes. Quinn attended the College of Marin and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. Then he went to New York, where he made a career illustrating not animals, but people.

In 1966, Quinn was hospitalized for a year. While recuperating, he painted the Canada geese in the vicinity of his Connecticut home. Feeling unfulfilled as an illustrator and wanting to reexperience the environment of his childhood, he moved to Point Reyes Station, California.

Quinn’s paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions, including shows held at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois; the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco; and the New York Museum of Natural History. Quinn has also been a regular participant and winner of a Gold Medal for Watercolor at the Prix de West. His other awards include the Red Smith Memorial Award, National Museum of Wildlife Art; Gold Medal for Watercolor, NAWA Cowboy Hall; and Master Wildlife Artist Award, Woodson Art Museum.

Quinn’s works are in the permanent collections of the Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin; the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and the Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody, Wyoming. Quinn, who has been raising and training retrievers since the early 1970s, is also the author of The Working Retrievers (1983), considered a definitive treatment of the subject. A lavishly produced book, The Art of Thomas Quinn, containing the paintings and poetry of the artist, was published in 2010.

Thomas Quinn Painting, Watercolor 18.5 X 26.25 (Interest categories: Watercolor, Wolves, Hunting, Painting, Works On Paper, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Thomas Quinn Artist)

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Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

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