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.
Angell states about Combatant: "The short-eared owl is a regular presence on the deltas of the Salish Sea in winter. While sharing the open fields and salt marshes with northern harriers, these scrappy diurnal owls will chase off the larger ravens, and the rough legged and red tailed hawks that intrude where they hunt. Only when aloft are they easily seen. With patterned and subtly colored plumage they all but disappear when perched on or near the ground."