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.
The artist describes his special fascination for the subject: "Amid the most anticipated of my winter outings are visits to the edges of the Salish Sea. These are times when the skies and landscapes are vibrant with the movement of birds which have traveled here from spring and summer residences in the far north. One such visitor is the rough-legged hawk, distinguished by its bright buff upper chest plumage and dark flanks. In the 1970s, I rehabilitated one in my home after its injury. Compared to some hawks I have worked with, the rough-legged hawk always seemed comfortable and patient, as if it sensed my intentions to be in its best interests. Coloring this lithograph, I recalled the gentleness in its nature and the dignity in its bearing." - Tony Angell