When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.
Charley Harper (1922 -2007)
Charley Harper was a man who filled his life from end to end, sometimes such incredible artists should be allocated even more time on this planet so they can fulfill more than one life time of beauty. Swan and I spent our bedtime reading last night paging through half of this wonderful book. I can't explain how much I admire this man's work, his lyrical simple lines, textures, stylisation and perfect of perfectness colour palettes. Mr Harper you are so THE MAN!