Latest work: Posted June 2019

‘Still Life’ 2008/19

acrylic on rag board

50.8 cm x 44.45 cm

20” x 17.50”

“A moment of stillness .. for all time, or will it be over in a second?

There is an underlying tension here. Captivated, I too, become still and I wait.” CB

This piece is currently on view In the Audubon Tradition exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center. September 13 - January 5, 2020

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Posted: December 2018

‘The Space in Between’ 2018

watercolour and acrylic on rag board

78.74 cm x 70.48 cm

31” x 27.75”

The word ‘nebulous’ came to mind the morning I looked out on the water. I was drawn in to that seemingly infinite space, reeling in the gap between heaven and earth. As if like a bird on the wing, searching for a lost horizon dissolved by the light. I felt a sense of peace and calm wash over me there. In this composition, it is my hope that the introduction of light ‘portals’ will help invite the viewer in, to dwell, if only for a moment in that infinite, timeless space in between .. and experience the same kind of peace and calm as I did on that fine summer’s morning.“ CB

This piece is currently on view in the Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. September 7 - December 1


 

Posted: September 2018

‘Yellowthroat’ 2018

watercolour on arches (hot press) paper

42.545 cm x 17.462 cm

16.75” x 6.875”

I guess one could say that I have a ‘thing’ for Yellowthroats and that would be true. As well as being one of my favourite wood warblers, they are among the most wonderful subjects to help aid and assist in creating strong, dynamic compositions. I see their black ‘mask’ acting as a tool that not only weighs heavily on the dark end of the scale, but naturally accentuates the focal point.” CB

This piece is currently on view in the Western Visionsexhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. September 7 - October 6


 

Posted: August 2018

'Dunlin' 2018

acrylic on rag board

59.69 cm x 19.68 cm

23.50" x 7.75"

"Dunlin behaviour is rapid and fast-paced. It is fleeting and transient by nature. My goal with this piece was to distill and simplify. Leaving only the essential .. in an attempt to slow down the impermanence of such a scene and seize a single moment. To hold on to it .. so it may speak. In this way, it could become almost meditative and calming to the senses. As well, I hoped the work would gain a certain elegance through this simplification." CB

This piece is currently on view In the Audubon Tradition exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center. September 13 - January 5, 2020


 

Posted: July 2018

'A Study for Young Whooping Crane' 2018

watercolour on arches (cold press) paper

17.15 cm x 29.84 cm

6.75" x 11.75"

"Fading in .. I see this young bird as a symbol of hope for the future of the species." CB

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Posted: June 2018

'A Study for Andean Goose'

watercolour on arches paper

29.21 cm x 31.11 cm

11.50" x 12.25"

"Establishing a mood can be achieved with the careful handling of light and gesture." CB


 

Posted: May 2018

A 'conceptual' sketch for 'Rain or Shine'

watercolour on arches paper

14 cm x 28 cm

5.50" x 11"

"From ideas, come visual 'notes' .. then conceptual sketches become compositional studies, which evolve in to the final piece." CB

'Rain or Shine' (Snowy Egret) acrylic on rag board •29 cm x 57 cm •11.25" x 22.50"


 

Posted: April 2018

'A Study for Liquidity'

watercolour on arches cold press paper

27.94 cm x 30.48 cm

11" x 12"

"A 'compositional' study for the painting I would call 'Liquidity'. I make studies like these in order to establish a foundation upon which I can build a solid painting." CB


 

Posted: March 2018

"In future and on a more regular basis, I will continue to post latest work here, but will also place sketches, studies and details that may be of some interest." CB

'Study for Greater Flamingo'

acrylic on rag board

31.75 cm x 22.86 cm

12.50" x 9"

"This may not look like a 'Study' .. but it is one of the paintings I made to help determine a favourable combination of light, colour and contrast for the painting I called 'Warm Front' (Greater Flamingo)." CB


 

Posted: February 2018

Study for 'Needle & Thread Alley' (Bermuda)

watercolour on arches cold press paper

25.4 cm x 27.94 cm

10" x 11"

 

"While I've been working on another, rather complex piece for some time now .. and would like to see it through to completion at some point very soon. I couldn't resist finding some relief in revisiting and reworking this study any longer." CB


 

Posted: May 2017

'Synchronicity' (Wood Duck) 2017

watercolour & acrylic on rag board

45.72 cm x 50.80 cm

18" x 20"

(Collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. U.S.A.)

 

"Exploring the concept of underlying connectedness and 'meaningful coincidences' as Carl Jung suggests ..." CB

"... Synchronicity takes the coincidence of events in space and time as meaning something more than mere chance." CJ

It’s an abstract concept that seems to embody the intuitive response I had that day in October, when I conceived this work. It points to a ‘deeper order’ or an underlying connectedness of things. I use the word ‘intuitive’ because looking out that day and seeing the colours and shapes and becoming aware of the patterns that were starting to emerge, I was reminded of the ornate shapes and colours that decorate the Wood Duck. Moments later, I spotted them and instantly wondered if somehow my subconscious had already been aware of them. A meaningful coincidence perhaps, these patterns aligning without cause." CB

This piece is currently on view at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. On loan from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for Art & the Animal. The Society of Animal Artists, 59th. Annual Members Exhibition. September 19 - January 1, 2020


 

Posted: October 2016

'Out of Silence' (Snow Buntings) 2016

watercolour & acrylic on rag board

53.34 cm x 60.96 cm

21" x 24"

 

"Subtle tones of 'white' on white, pushing and pulling with colour temperature .. creating depth, space and 'air' in between .. to let it breathe." CB

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence."  Robert Lynd (1879-1949)

This piece is currently on view In the Audubon Tradition exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center. September 13 - January 5, 2020


 

Together at last : posted August 2016

'Earliest Birds' 2016

acrylic on rag board

50.8 cm x 39.37 cm 

20" x 15.50" (framed)

 

"Earliest Birds' and its new frame have finally been united.

Beautifully crafted by 'The Gilder' in Toronto, Canada." CB

Please visit: thegilder.ca


 

Posted: June 2016

'LightSwept' 2016

acrylic on rag board

48.26 cm x 20.32 cm 19" x 8"

 

     "A Yellowthroat goes undercover as an approaching storm threatens to extinguish the last glimmer of light." CB


 

Posted: March 2016

'Earliest Birds'  2016

acrylic on rag board

36 cm x 25 cm  14" x 9.75"

 

      "Although, I have never seen Ibis at Point Pelee...

this painting was inspired by early morning treks along the east beach to the tip." CB

 

                 "Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds."

                                                         JOHN MILTON (1608-1674) English Poet