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Inspiration Gallery Of Fine Art

New watercolor and acrylic paintings by Emil Morhardt

On exhibit through January 31, 2018

"Willets Wimbrels" Original Acylic painitng

"I learned to paint from my father, an early California watercolorist of the same name, who is known for his landscape paintings of the deserts and mountains of Eastern California near Bishop. I grew up in Bishop, and still maintain a studio there.
A few years ago my wife, Sia, and I moved to Santa Barbara and I discovered that it was possible to combine a trip to the beach with my biologist's interest in birds and nature photography.

A decade before, Sia and I had published a book on California Desert Flowers (UC Press) for which I took all the photographs.
Birds are a little more challenging since they require a long (and heavy) lens and tend to depart mid-shot, but the general idea, from my standpoint, is the same; try to capture the important field identification features in as artistic a way as possible.
And what if I could use the photos I took as a start for painting birds? It is a tremendously interesting challenge. I hope you enjoy the results."

"Wimbrel" Watercolor

"Black Bellied Plover" Watercolor

"Wimbrel Taking Flight" Watercolor

"Marbeld Godwits" Watercolor

"Northern Shoveler" Watercolor


The Divine Inspiration Gallery of Fine Art
1528 State Street in Santa Barbara