Welcome to my blog! My name is Alex Warnick, and I’m a natural history artist specializing in bird illustration. I’m the youngest in a family of nine, and ever since I was a kid, I have been surrounded by people who are fascinated with nature. I remember my dad transforming a room of our house into a model of the local ecosystem (complete with a fish tank featuring the flora and fauna of a nearby river, dragon fly larva that hatched and flew free in the house, and frogs that found their way into adjacent bedrooms…it was short-lived). Between us we have reptile enthusiasts, tree enthusiasts, wildflower enthusiasts, butterfly enthusiasts, and lots of birders. I also come from a family of artists, and the artwork of aunts, uncles, cousins, and even second cousins hung on our walls and inspired me. Summer days and after school hours were filled with painting and drawing as an outlet to express my fascination with nature. Like my dad I also have a desire to bring nature inside and surround myself with the things that fascinate me, but instead of fish tanks, I use fine art. Over the years it has become a passion that has transformed into a lifetime pursuit. That’s why I paint. And for many other reasons, which I’m sure will come out in this blog at some point. Along with tutorials, pictures of my work, and other general thoughts. Thanks for your interest in my blog!