In the fall of 1998, after battling a flu for two weeks, I became bedridden and unable to attend to my studio and the large abstract paintings I was working on at the time. While lying in bed, I began watching the birds visiting our backyard garden in Ballard. Having time on my hands, and a gift of a bird identification book, within a few days I was hooked on identifying all the birds that were visiting our little oasis. Once I was well enough to paint again, the first works I created were birds. Within weeks I rapidly departed abstraction and began the work you see on this page.