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HUDSON RIVER EXPLORERS - original paintings from the series       Paintings available through Kenise Barnes Fine Art
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South #1, "Swimmers"  15 x 21 1/4 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011 *
(creatures include: Asiatic Elephant, Bobcat, common Cat, Polar Bears, Black Bears, Green Frog, White-Tailed Deer, Ducks, Eurasian Kingfisher)

South #2, "Swoop"  15 x 29 1/2 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011 *
(creatures include: Harbor Porpoise, Spotted Turtle, Yellow Bellied Chats, Shad)

South #3, "Passengers"  15 x 29 1/2 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011 *
(creatures and plants include: Karner Blue Butterfly, White-Tailed Deer, Spatterdock and Pickerelweed)

South #4, "Elephants"  15 x 29 1/2 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011
(creatures include: Asiatic Elephant, African Elephant, Lined Seahorse, Sturgeon, common Horse)

South #5, "Hawks"  15 x 25 1/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011 *
(creatures include: Peregrine Falcons, Osprey, Baby Chick, Coyote, Red-Tailed Hawk, Catfish)

South #6, "Owls"  15 x 29 3/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011 *
(owls include: Barn Owls, Short-Eared Owls, Great Horned Owl)

North #1, "Songbirds"  15 x 28 3/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011
(birds include: Red-winged Blackbirds, Chickadees, Blue Jay, Baltimore Orioles, Cardinals, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Common Yellowthroat)

North #2, "Undertow"  15 x 28 3/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011
(creatures include: Black Bears, Striped Bass)

North #3, "Ride"  15 x 28 3/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011
(creatures include: River Otter, Bobcats, Sturgeon, Crow, Swallowtail Butterfly, Painted Lady Butterfly)

North #4, "Swallows"  15 x 29 1/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011
(creatures include: Barn Swallow, River Otters, Red Fox, White-Tailed Deer)

North #5, "Herons"  15 x 29 1/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011 *
(birds include: Great Blue Herons, Reddish Egret, Green Heron, Great Egret)
 

* work available


December 2010 – I was awarded a commission from MTA Arts for Transit for the Metro-North Railroad Tarrytown Station on the Hudson line in Westchester County. The station is being rehabilitated as part of the MTA Metro-North Railroad Capital Program with funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A percentage of the construction budget for the station is allocated for the design and fabrication of permanent artwork.

About the project:
The project, entitled – "Hudson River Explorers" is inspired by this great river‘s majesty and eloquence, and informed by its rich history of discovery, exploration, and travel. "Hudson River Explorers" features 11 windows: 6 in the South Overpass corridor, and 5 in the North Overpass corridor at the MNR Tarrytown Station.

The scenes are fantastic, magically real, yet still naturalistic. From east to west, with color and subject, the windows create the experience of one day – from dawn to dusk. Creatures move through the landscape both above and below the water. The plants and animals depicted in the various windows are largely native species, many threatened or endangered, who guide an array of exotic visitors through the watery realm.

The Tarrytown project is fabricated in laminated glass by Tom Patti Design. Installation completed in August, 2012.

Images (above) show the artwork in progress in my studio and a meeting with Tom Patti of Tom Patti Design discussing the fabrication of the artwork and the first glass samples. These paintings with white backgrounds will be enlarged, merged together with corresponding watercolor landscapes and underwaterscapes and unified into laminated glass panels.


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