Bird Nerd. I have been and bird lover and artist since my childhood in Oakland, CA. I stomped through poison oak looking for hawks and owls and I watched vultures sunning their gothic wings in the morning sunlight in our backyard. I drew them.
In 2005, after twenty years of figurative/portrait work, I circled back to my first love… birds. Bird paintings, collages and installations resulted from research and drawing of bird skins (stuffed birds) at the Cal Academy of Sciences, the MVZ at UC Berkeley, and the AMNH in New York.
When not in the studio I delight in exploring and birding in the field: Mexico, Ecuador, the Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Madagascar and Ghana. After visiting the Philippines in 2009 I co-founded an organization: Jeepney Projects Worldwide http://www.jeepneyprojects.org We partner with small local conservation groups to raise awareness and money for specific projects. We have one project just beginning in Ghana, and two continuing projects in Mexico. Our long term project is based in the Philippines to help the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.
David Tomb his work has been published in the New Yorker, Harpers and the New York Times. I have exhibited widely in the US and most recently at the Palo Alto Art Center as part of the Creative Ecology art residency in spring, 2016. Public collections include: Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA, the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, the Huntington Library Art Collections, San Marino, CA, the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, The California Public Utilities Commission, The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley, Embassy of the United States, Manila, Philippines, Art Collection of the Consulate General of the United States, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Art Collection of the Consulate General of the United States,Tijuana, Mexico.