2014, Watercolor, digital wash
Baltimore orioles are one of the most popular birds in the springtime in Maryland. The males are identified by a black head and orange belly. Baltimore orioles mainly feed on fruit, nectar, and insects.
The Baltimore Oriole is named after Lord Baltimore and was selected as the state bird of Maryland in 1947. Similarities in color of the bird and the Calvert shield (gold and black sections in the Maryland state flag) are the primary reason for the selection.
Why Scientific Illustration?
When illustrating birds, I always make sure to get the overall shape and beak characteristics correct first. I usually go on birding trips for native birds to study them in life and see how they carry their bodies and interact with one another. Each species seem to have their own “personal poses”! It is amazing to find so much variation in color and plumage even in the same species, so I average out the characteristics to prepare the final plate.
Exhibits, Uses, Collection
2014 GNSI-DC Juried Exhibit
8.5 x 11 Archival Quality Prints available. $35 print only; $75 matted print