Northern Saw-whet Owl – Pastel

Northern Saw-whet Owl pastel copyrightInspired by a lovely wilderness-filled summer haunted by the calls of a pair of these tiny “cat-faced” owls, whose eyes seem to be the biggest part of their bodies.  Found throughout the United States and southern Canada, this little Saw-whet owl will feel at home just about anywhere.  As a lover of birds with a special soft spot for owls, I was more than surprised when this soft but vibrantly-colored pastel practically jumped off the paper at me.  This large 9×12 pastel painting fits into a 11×14 frame, but opt for a larger one with plenty of matting and it will become the focal point of an entire wall.   $225.00

Does not include S&H or matting & framing.



Songbird Quartet

These four original detailed soft pastel portraits of native songbirds (Cedar Waxwing, Cassin’s Kingbird, Barn Swallow, and Hooded Oriole) are matted and signed by me. Visually stunning when hung together.  Dimensions: 9×12.
$150.00 each or $550.00 for all four original paintings! Shipping not included.
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Thunderbird Painted Cow Skull

2017 7-3 Cow Skull Thunderbird (14) (600x800)

Every canvas begs for an original work of art to be painted on it and this cow skull is no different.  As I was getting to know this skull, its very wide and angular forehead sent me back to the drawing board more than a few times.  Eventually, the Thunderbird manifested within a circle and diamond – all of which are sacred symbols.  Unlike many common descriptions of the Thunderbird as a dark creature of doom and gloom, my rendition of the Thunderbird represents the Creator as He brings forth food and medicine for the People in the sometimes sudden and violent storms that bring rain and life to the Earth.

Dimensions: 17″ L x 9″ W.  Wired and ready to hang.  Signed.  $350.00  $250.00

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‘Broken Arrow’ Painted Cow Skull

2017 3-31 Cow Skull Broken Arrow (4) (649x800)The process of painting a cow skull is a long and sometimes arduous one.  After hours of cleaning and priming a dirty, cracked, and beat up skull I always hang it on the wall behind my desk.  Sometimes a skull will hang there for weeks or even months as I try to divine what the skull wants to become.  This mammoth of a skull hung on my wall for nearly six months before I was ready to even approach it.  Among its many challenges were its very large size and massive horns, which made handling it quite a chore.  And despite its angry-looking brow and threatening appendages, every time I tried to envision what to paint on it, I repeatedly felt the skull asking for a symbol of peace and grace.  In many Native American cultures, the broken arrow indicated the end of hostilities between nations or was offered as a sign of peace or friendly alliance.  The peaceful scene of many teepees surrounding a calm lake under the breadth of majestic mountains symbolizes nations coming together to complete the healing circle.

Dimensions: 19″ L x 19″ W.  Wired and ready to hang.  Signed.  $350.00  $300.00

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‘Flying Flowers’ Painted Cow Skull

2017 Flying Flowers Cow Skull (1)

I have always enjoyed playing with lines, curves, and contours and this little cow skull provided a wide forehead space for the main focus of this piece – a large and colorful butterfly, or what I like to call a ‘Flying Flower’.  This skull was missing the nasal bones when I got it.  But, instead of losing canvas space, I gained a gap for my flying flower’s wings and a niche area that provided perfect contours for a more elusive flying flower!
This original work of is wired and ready for hanging. Dimensions: 17″ L x 8″ W  

$275.00  $200.00

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Sky Bear Painted Cow Skull

2013 Sacred Sky Bear (8) finished (600x800)

In many native cultures, the bear is among the most sacred of animals.  Not only are bear strong and powerful, but they are gentle mothers and thoughtful souls.

The Great Bear is not only sacred to Native Americans, but to all of mankind.  That respect is represented in the naming of the constellation Ursa Major – the Great Bear.

To read more about what inspired me to focus on the bear for this piece (hint, it includes a very famous grizzly bear advocate and old friend) read on…

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The Sacred Circle of Water Cow Skull

Sacred Circle of Water by Jill Henderson (2)

When we moved into our new place a couple years ago, my husband and I found two weathered and stained cow skulls that had been hidden in the tall weeds of the side yard.  Not knowing exactly where they fit into our landscape, they were repeatedly moved around the perimeter of the house until finally, they wound up on a shelf in the workshop where they sat for the better part of two years.  I had been saying all along that I wanted to paint them, but just never seemed to get around to it.

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