Original Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

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This Eagle standing in shallow water looks fascinated by his own image. The photo made me laugh and I wanted the challenge of being accurate enough with my brush strokes to create a reflection. What does his expression say to you?

I chose to paint him in tints of cool red, which with the water and his white head and tail creates a red white and blue theme. I thought that was appropriate for our national bird.

Purple glaze creates shadows on him, and I subtly altered the color and glaze for his image that is reflected on the water. To create the water, the dark hunter green background has a aquamarine glaze and pthalo blue highlights. 

I like how light hearted and humorous this piece is. —Donald Ryker

Donald Ryker has been painting since his teens. He was inspired to begin painting when he discovered he could use a hard hat on his head to direct his brush. He has lived his life with cerebral palsy and was thrilled to find an outlet for his creativity and a way to communicate his love of life, and his message to people that anyone can accomplish things in life if they are creative and persistent; there is always a way to find the positive in life. Ryker's paintings reflect his joy in life, and his desire to connect. His artwork inspires others with his choice of color and ability to draw in his viewer.


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