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 Diver: "When I first came to the Northwest at the end of the l950s, a winter walk along the coastlines of the Salish Sea revealed waterways dotted with miraculous numbers of sea birds. Among them were all the loons: common, red-throated, Pacific and yellow-billed. The numbers and varieties of birds on the sea’s surface are diminished today due to depleted food sources. When I drew this common loon in its spring breeding plumage, I designed its dive to convey its quest for a meal."