Birds

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.

Baby Seagull by Don Wesley

Baby Seagull


Ink on bristol board. 5 x 7 inches.
Drawn as a 15 yr old in Cincinnati, OH. 1986.
Artist's collection.
Bird number 1 by Don Wesley

Bird #1


Acrylic on canvas. 50 x 30 inches.
Painted in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Private collection in San Jose, CA.
Hummingbird by Don Wesley

Hummingbird


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 12 inches.
Painted in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.
Guineafowl by Don Wesley

Guineafowl


Acrylic on canvas. 34 x 34 inches.
Painted in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.
Cattle Egret by Don Wesley

Study for Cattle Egret


Office supplies on folder. 8 x 8 inches.
Drawn in Redmond, WA. 1999.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.
Cattle Egret by Don Wesley

Cattle Egret


Acrylic on linen. 22 x 28 inches.
Painted in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Remodeled in 2005.
Cattle Egret by Don Wesley

Cattle Egret


Wax crayon on paper. 20 x 16 inches.
Drawn in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Location unknown.
Kingfisher by Don Wesley

Kingfisher


Wax crayon on paper. 16 x 20 inches.
Drawn in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.
Flicker by Don Wesley

Flicker


Wax crayon on paper. 20 x 16 inches.
Drawn in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Location unknown.
Flicker by Don Wesley

Flicker


Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 34 inches.
Painted in Ballard, WA. 1999.
Private collection in Edmonton, Alberta.
Hears Hard by Don Wesley

Hears Hard


Acrylic on linen. 20 x 20 inches.
Painted in Ballard, WA. 2000.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.
Greenbacks by Don Wesley

Greenbacks


Acrylic on linen. 24 x 12 inches.
Painted in Ballard, WA. 2000.
Private collection in Everett, WA.
Sparrow Finch and Black-eyed Seed by Don Wesley

Sparrow, Finch, and Black-eyed Seed


Acrylic on linen. 30 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2002.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.
Turkey Vulture by Don Wesley

Turkey Vulture


Acrylic on linen. 40 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2002.
Collection of Kitsap County 1% for Art.
Seagull on Ferry by Don Wesley

Seagull on Ferry


Acrylic on linen. 10 x 30 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2002.
Private collection in Xenia, OH.
What's love got to do with it by Don Wesley

What's love got to do with it?


Acrylic on artboard. 20 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2003.
Private collection in Ollala, WA.

Two Crows in a Madrona on Magnolia


Acrylic on linen. 32 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2004.
Private commission in Redmond, WA.

Estuary


Acrylic on linen. 30 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2004.
Location unknown.

So Close, Yet So Far Away


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 36 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Location unknown.

Cattle Egret


Acrylic on linen. 28 x 22 inches.
Remodeled in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Los Angeles, CA.

Scrub Jay


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Over Easy


Acrylic on canvasboard. 20 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Original available for $700.

Tanager on the Wenatchee


Oil on canvas. 16 x 20 inches.
Painted in Plain, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Tracyton, WA.

Osprey over the Wenatchee


Oil on canvas. 20 x 16 inches.
Painted in Plain, WA. 2005.
Original available for $700.

Swallow over the Wenatchee


Oil on canvas. 16 x 20 inches.
Painted in Plain, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Wenatchee's Usual Suspects I


Oil on canvas. 12 x 12 inches each.
Painted in Plain, WA. 2005.
Various private collections.

Wenatchee's Usual Suspects II


Oil on canvas. 8 x 10 inches each.
Painted in Plain, WA. 2005.
Various private collections.

The Breakthrough


Acrylic on canvas. 12 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Artist's collection.

Brown Creeper Remix


Acrylic on canvas. 5 x 8 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Peregrine Falcon Remix


Acrylic on canvas. 5 x 8 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Cormorant Remix


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Los Angeles, CA.

White-Crowned Sparrow at Dusk


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Don't Be Eyeballing Me


Acrylic on artboard. 12 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Donated to WestSound Wildlife Shelter Auction.

Smorgasbord


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

The Crow Couples


Oil on canvas. 24 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2005.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

The Futile Protest


Oil bar on canvasboard. 22 x 18 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection in Maui, HI.

The Turkey


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Big Blue


Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

The Bufflehead


Acrylic on canvas. 10 x 8 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection Bremerton, WA.

Double Dipper


Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Donated to Poncho Art Auction.

The Rednecked Grebe


Acrylic on canvasboard. 16 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

The Loon


Acrylic on canvasboard. 20 x 16 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Original available for $700.

The Oystercatcher


Acrylic on canvasboard. 8 x 16 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection in Xenia, OH.

Piling Topper


Acrylic on paper. 10 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection Bremerton, WA.

The Waxwing


Acrylic on cardboard. 8 x 10 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2006.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Perspective


China marker on fiberboard. 12 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2007.
Original available for $300.

The Creepers


Acrylic on canvas. 12 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2007.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

The Night Walkers


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 48 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2007.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

The Peeper


Mixed media on canvas. 12 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2007.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Americanos


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2007.
Original available for $900.

The Flickers


Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 24 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2007.
Original available for $1200.

Roots


Mixed media on canvas. 20 x 20 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2007.
Original available for $400.

Thankful Thomas


Mixed media on masonite. 22 x 28 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2008.
Original available for $400.

The Owl


Mixed media on paper. 24 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2008.
Original available for $400.

The Heron


Mixed media on paper. 24 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2008.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

The Heron


Mixed media on paper. 24 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2008.
Private collection in Bremerton, WA.

Swamped


Acrylic on canvas. 12 x 12 inches.
Painted in Bremerton, WA. 2008.
Original available for $200.

Big Blue


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 36 inches.
Painted in Seattle, WA. 2010.
Original available for $1200.
Dusk by Don Wesley

Dusk


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 36 inches.
Painted in Seattle, WA. 2012.
Original available for $1200.
The Stowaway by Don Wesley

The Stowaway


Acrylic on canvas. 16 x 20 inches.
Painted in Seattle, WA. 2013.
Ehsan family collection.
Tree Topper and Bluebird Corduroy by Don Wesley

Tree Topper and Bluebird Corduroy


Acrylic on canvas. 8 x 24 inches each.
Painted in Seattle, WA. 2013.
Original pair available for $400.
Green Warbler by Don Wesley

The Green Warbler


Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 12 inches.
Painted in Seattle, WA. 2013.
Original available for $420.

Great blue owl


Acrylic, 6 x 6 x 1.5 in.
Painted in Seattle, WA. 2017.
Original available for $200.

The Viceroy and Chough by Don Wesley

The Viceroy and Chough


Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 24 inches.
Painted in Seattle, WA. 2018.
Original available for $900.