Mute Swan No.2

9 x 12
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

The inspiration for this painting was a particular mute who kept himself away from the rest of the swans  — both mutes and tundras — during my daily corn feeding. For some reason he was off to the side and not pushing and shoving to get into the fray. Out of concern I threw some corn directly to him and he seemed to hiss a thank you on his way back to the marsh and his nesting area.

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Tundra Swan

30 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Original: $650
Reproductions Available

This tundra swan was flapping his wings and making a ruckus when my neighbor spied him and ran for her camera. Thanks, Teresa, for letting me use your photograph to create this painting.

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Mute No.1

8 x 10
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

The non-native mute swans nest near my home on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay year-round. Although they are called “mute,” they do, in fact, make a noise — kind of like a whispery, “haaaaaaaaaahhhhh,” especially when they are trying to scare other birds – usually tundra swans and Canadian geese – away from the corn I throw out into the water each winter day for all the birds.

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