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Artist of the moment……Andrea Rich


Andrea Rich is one of the foremost artists working with woodblock prints. Andrea Rich uses her work to promote animal conservation and to preserve their natural habitats with birds being her main focus.

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Andrea Rich was born in the year 1954. She attended the University of Wisconsin studying art education and printmaking.

The artist has also had a book of her animal art work published.

Print edition sizes are less than 30.

Andrea Rich is based out of Santa Cruz, California.

I enjoy the style of this artist because of her compositions and layering of color. The artist takes advantage of fun and repeating patterns found in the shapes of the leaves and the feathers. Its also interesting that the artist seldom uses a horizon line, preferring to have the viewer focus on the immediate surroundings that are full of color such as tree bark or grass.



Artist of the moment………..Don Rambadt


Don Rambant is a fantastic sculptor renown for his work with birds. Don Rambant was born in the year 1950. Rambant loves to work with birds and states that the subject matter fascinates him to no end. Rambant attended the University of Wisconsin where he studied biology and illustration. Rambant also studied printmaking in Italy.


Rambant is based out of Wisconsin.

In this clip we view a great interview from 2009:

Two of my favorite animal artists are Bob Kuhn and Charley Harper. Both were great at taking the very complex anatomy of the animal and simplifying it. Rambant takes their ideas and applies it to sculpture. In developing his work the artist talks about making a design using the first image that he gets whilst looking at something out of the corner of his eye.

Similar to my favorite Inuit artists, I enjoy the use of negative space in the birds by Rambant as well. The addition of  basic geometric shapes in addition the sense of “air” we get from the style he sculpts, gives the artist’s work a wonderful sense of a creativity.  Rambant is my favorite bird sculptor as I love his mix of reality and use of his artistic license to create wonderful works for us all to enjoy!