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Original Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 72 x 1.74 on 3 panels

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This work is about camaraderie, loyalty and trust. Each bird could live independently but they choose to spend this time together. In this scene three eagles come to rest on driftwood in Alaska with snow covered mountains and the ocean in the background.

I chose to paint this piece on three large canvases so I could show the detail of these eagles interacting in a group as well as featuring the setting they are in. I wanted these background elements to have their own presence without overshadowing the eagles in the foreground. I use saturated colors with glaze layers throughout this painting. I really enjoyed creating the stump and roots of the fallen tree with free use of many colors of brown, grey, purple, blue and orange.

The ocean, forest, mountains, and sky, remind me of the lake where I spend time most summers. I would love to visit a spot like this in nature. —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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