by Holly Wach
The Belted Kingfisher is often first noticed by its wild rattling call as it flies over rivers or lakes. It may be seen perched on a high snag, or hovering on rapidly beating wings, then plunging headfirst into the water to grab a fish.
Nest site is in steep or vertical dirt bank, usually with higher content of sand than clay. Both sexes take part in digging a long horizontal tunnel with nest chamber at end. Tunnel is generally 3-6' long and usually slopes upward from entrance
Framed Giclee print of original watercolor (framed in white as shown in group image)
I’ve been fortunate to study at New York’s most prestigious art institutions (MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Art Students League, New York Studio School) and I’ve spent countless hours drawing from the archives of its best museums.
I’ve dedicated a life to developing my craft and observing first-hand the creatures of nature that inspire me. I’ve built a deep relationship with my materials and my process, the kind you can’t get from books or photographs alone.
Hiking, camping, and fishing the forests, jungles, deserts, and waters of four continents have greatly informed how I compose my visual conversations between nature and the viewer. Birds use their voices, talons, and feathers, showing human-like traits of emotion and intelligence. My paintings celebrate that we are kindred spirits with the creatures of nature.
I hope my work helps you slow down in a world teeming with distractions, so you can have your own dialogue with nature.