While he’s often overshadowed by the legacies of John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson, Catesby was a pioneer in illustrating the birds of America and portraying them with flora from their environment. His work gave the world its first glimpse of wild America’s unique avifauna—its “painted finches, Carolina parrots, and red birds”.
For an upcoming show entitled “Hinterlands” at the Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth New Hampshire, I chose to pay tribute to Mark Catesby’s travels through the early American hinterlands. The paintings below are my personal take on three of Catesby’s original compositions. The show opens on April 6th and runs through April 29th.