Tony Angell’s passion for nature began in childhood, through exploring and studying wildlife and his artistic talent is innate. He developed and strengthened his skills through drawing and sculpting from life, often through study of the wild creatures he has rehabilitated. Angell’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures capture the characteristics and gestures of his subjects, beautifully communicating moments he has witnessed in the wild. Telling the stories of the animals who inspire his work, Angell’s work continues to expand our appreciation of the uniqueness and personalities each living thing exudes.
About Woodhewer, Angell states: "It’s an impressive sight to watch the crow sized pileated woodpecker fly at speed into the embrace of a dense forest cover. They negotiate the pathways through the branches and limbs with instant precision. Equally impressive, their powerful chops excavate the larvae of termites and carpenter ants at the sides of trees. What an essential woodland community member this bird is. The cavities they excavate are used by a wide range of other species to raise their families from flying squirrels to small owls and even honeybees. To a sculptor’s eye they are also compelling forms to interpret and to celebrate for their beauty of shape and line and the possibility that my effort conveys some of the spirit within."
This piece is presented mounted on a minimal black frame, no glass. The frame size is 28.5 x 19 inches.