A semi-palmated plover is portrayed resting on the rippled sand with its left wing extended. The artist explains the pose as a moment "[w]hen plovers pause to stretch and preen, the charm of their design is fully realized." ("Puget Sound Through an Artist's Eye," University of Washington Press, 2009, p.51).
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.