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 Migrant Gyrfalcon: "Early one winter morning a friend called me to tell of a dead falcon in a field near his home and soon after I drove north to his residence. He had found a gyrfalcon, a young bird that had fledged from its Arctic eyrie the previous summer. Its plumage was immaculate and radiant in the late afternoon sunlight. The falcon was well muscled and robust. There was no obvious cause of death until I parted its chest plumage and discovered an injury caused by a single shotgun pellet. Sadly, I concluded a reckless and indifferent person had committed a crime against the rules of the hunting sports and destroyed a magnificent creature protected by law. My sketches and images of the bird on lithographic stone were in commemoration of its subtle elegance, and an indomitable spirit that was never fulfilled."
This piece is presented in a minimal black frame behind glass. The frame size is 24 x 20 inches.