Western Wildlife Artist

Finders KeepersPainting wildlife has become a career for me but that was purely unintentional. Ceaselessly noticing nature and depicting the birds and animals I observed in some medium or another has always been a natural part of my life.

As a sustenance hunter and former taxidermist I have had the opportunity to study animals and animal behaviour from a very intimate perspective. The insight and knowledge acquired from these activities coupled with years of time spent in the field have provided me with a solid foundation on which to base each new work of art.

I have been heavily influenced by great wildlife painters of the past such as the late Carl Rungius and Bob Kuhn.  As a young boy I remember getting lost in the pages of Outdoor Life Magazine and marveling over the illustrations by these artists. This truly ignited my desire to become the best wildlife artist I could be.

Simply put, my goal is to create quality art and all that entails, depicting my subjects and their natural habitats to the best of my ability, while remaining sensitive to artistic composition and all the subtle color shifts of nature that truly fuel my passion to create art. My hope is that the finished works exude the same powerful feelings to the viewer that initially inspired the painting.

~DESMOND McCAFFREY


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