Anne Peyton painting of raven chosen for Black & White exhibit at Bennington

Corvus Corax(May 21, 2017) - “Corvus Corax,” Anne Peyton’s study of a foraging Common Raven, has been selected for the “Black & White” exhibit at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont.

The exhibit’s goal is to slip past what colors bring to artwork and to view the texture, lighting, shape and pespective that comes from the stark, yet rick tones of black-and-white tones. That was a challenge that Anne found irresistable.

“Ravens have always been an intriguing species for me,” Peyton said. “They are intelligent, gregarious, yet suspicious, and such a beautiful jet black!

“This bird was observed at the Petrified Forest National Park in Northern Arizona. It is a bleak and desolate place and yet ravens seem to flourish there. This one was begging for tidbits from us and it was obvious that this bird had some success getting snacks in the past from other park visitors. When we offered nothing, he shook his feathers, called a few times then flew away.”

The exhibit opens June 3 and runs through July 9.


Five Anne Peyton paintings to appear in ‘Creatures Great and Small’ exhibit at Four Corners Gallery, Tucson

Hawk of the Sun(October 31, 2016) - “Creatures Great and Small,” a new exhibition at the Four Corners Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, will feature five paintings by Arizona artist Anne Peyton.

The show is a mix of contemporary and traditional Southwestern wildlife art. The show’s works “demonstrate an appreciation and fondness for our furry, fuzzy, and feathered neighbors. Some could be our closest friends and others might be just a fleeting glimpse, but certainly animals invoke a certain something in all of us.”

Anne’s inages in the show include ”Hawk of the Sun, (right), Little Bit of Sunshine,Shades of Gray, Somethin’ to Say, and Summer Sentinel.

“Birders know that Arizona is a premier destination to see desert birds and sometimes rare birds that fly in from Mexico,” Peyton said. “The birds in these paintings are all from the Sonoran Desert and local grassland communities. Some are very common while others are sporadic or seasonal, but they are all indicative of a healthy environment for birds and other wildlife.”

The Four Corners Gallery is located at 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road, Ste. 7, Tucson, Arizona 85715. The gallery is dedicated to preserving and educating about the arts, culture, and heritage of the Southwest.


Pair of Anne Peyton paintings chosen for 2016 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit

Bayou BeautyUPDATE: Bayou Beauty” has won the John and Dawn Kelsey Award. Thank you to the Kelsey family and the Ohio Valley Art League for the recognition.

(October 1, 2016) - “Bayou Beauty” (Tricolored Heron) and “Beach Boys” (Royal Terns) are heading to the 2016 Kentucky National Wildlife Exhibit at the Henderson (Ky.) Fine Arts Center.

“Henderon is John James Audubon country and was his home for many years while exploring interior American and creating the paintings for his “Birds of America,” Peyton said. “The connection to Audubon makes this biannual event a special one for artists who capture the beauty of birds.”

The exhibit runs October 3 through November 30.


‘Tanglewood’ debuts at Artists For Conservation Festival

Tanglewood(September 23, 2016) - “Tanglewood,” Anne Peyton’s painting of a Gray Hawk, will debut at the annual Artists For Conservation Festival at the Grouse Mountain Resort in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

“During the Sonoran Desert summer, the high ‘keeer’ call of the Gray Hawk is a familiar sound along riverbeds,” Peyton said. “Often these small hawks can be seen soaring over the trees looking for prey in the trees and along the fields and scrub on either side. They are unmistakable in the air and command your attention.

“On one of our trips, we found an active nest high in a dying cottonwood. The female was calling but we couldn't see her or any offspring. When the smaller male came back with a small mammal she took the food and came to another dying tree to eat while he stayed at the nest.

“Things are changing for this hawk. As the drought persists in the state these hawks can now be found nesting farther north, and we now find a few wintering over in the state rather than migrating to Central America and South America.”

The Artist for Conservation Festival runs September 29 - October 3, 2016, at the Grouse Mountain Resort. It then travels to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona, December 3, 2016 - February 12, 2017.


‘Bird’s Eye View’ selected for SAA Art and the Animal exhibition in Houston

Bird's Eye View(September 9, 2016) - Anne Peyton’s original portrait of a Eurasian Eagle-owl, “Bird’s Eye View,” has been selected for the Society of Animal Artists’ 56th “Art and the Animal” annual exhibition.

“Seeing a Eurasian Eagle Owl for the first time left me awestruck.” Peyton said. “They are among the largest of all owls in the world but what captured my attention were those large, pumpkin-colored eyes.

“Depending on the part of Europe, they range from a species of least concern in some areas to an endangered species in others. During the 1900s, Eurasian Eagle Owl populations declined drastically when humans hunted and poisoned them. With increased protection by local governments and reintroduction in some areas, these owls are slowly making a comeback. While their numbers are improving, it will be some time before they return to the numbers seen in the past.”

Art and the Animal opens September 23 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas, and runs through January 1, 2017.


‘Belle of the Bosque’ part of American Plains Artists annual show and sale

Belle of the Bosque(June 23, 2016) - Anne Peyton’s image of a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk surveying a field entitled “Belle of the Bosque” was chosen for the American Plains Artists annual show.

“Several years ago we chanced upon a rufous-morphed Red-tailed Hawk at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico,” Peyton said. “Seeing this beautiful bird left me in awe and she was burned in my memory.

“Sitting in a tree at the edge of a field, she could care less that it was raining or that people in a couple of cars were watching her while others just drove past. This was her turf and she was the Belle of the Bosque.”

The American Plains Artists 31st annual Juried Exhibition and Sale runs from June 30 through August 7 at the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo, Texas.


‘Gulf Coast Gold’ appears on cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Gulf Coast Gold(May 22, 2016) - In March, Anne Peyton’s “Gulf Coast Gold” received the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association Award at the Animals in Art International Exhibition at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The painting now appears on the June 2016 JAVMA cover. The journal is sent to more that 88,000 members of the AVMA

Being on the cover of this prestigious journal is one of the highlights of my professional career,” Anne said. So many veterinarians that I know through my work with Liberty Wildlife have positive comments about the cover art.

I want to thank the AVMA and journal editor Dr. Kurt Matushek for selecting Gulf Coast Gold for the cover. The journal has a long tradition of using beautiful animal and wildlife art on its covers and past issues are keepsakes for many veterinarians and collectors.”


‘Bark Walker’ picked for new Small Works show at Bennington

Bark Walker(May 7, 2016) - A White-breasted Nuthatch foraging on a tree is the subject of Anne Peyton's “Bark Walker.” The painting is now on display in Small Works, a new annual exhibition and sale at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont.

“Nuthatches are just pure fun to watch as they never seem to be upright,” Peyton said. &l dquo;They often are found head-down, descending a tree while probing for small insects and grubs in the crevices made by tree bark. Even more amazing is watching one hanging upside-down under a horizontal branch and ‘hopping’ or ‘fluttering’ along the branch to get to the next likely food source.

“One of these days I hope to learn how nuthatches fly upside-down, if only for a few inches.”

Small Works is open through December 18, 2016.


‘Picking Flowers’ selected for new North Light book, AcrylicWorks 3

Picking Flowers(April 2, 201) - Anne Peyton’ “Picking Flowers” can be found in the new book from North Light Books, AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture.

“Sometimes a painting needs to be created just for the fun of it. ‘Picking Flowers’ filled that requirement for me,” Peyton said. “Desert subjects occasionally provide the opportunity to paint with bright and unexpected colors. In depicting the salvia flowers, I got to use passionate reds, pinks and purples, which were a special treat as my palette is usually more subdued. As I observed this Green-tailed Towhee moving among the plants, he picked up a flower in his bill, and the title and the painting idea were born.

“This small painting has many different textures all juxtaposed against one another: the smoothness of the leaves and flower petals, the roughness of the grasses, and the soft textures of the feathers. Pure joy to paint!

“I have used acrylics for a very long time,” Peyton added. “While I have tried many other mediums over the years, acrylics have remained my favorite means of expression. I enjoy the fast drying times, the sharp edges and the colors. It is also a very forgiving medium.”

AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture is available as a hardcover book or a digital download from North Light Books. You may also find the book at your local bookstore or art supply store.

Three Peyton artworks selected for America’s Parks I Encore Exhibition

Under a Watchful Eye(December 3, 2015) - A trio of Anne Peyton paintings will be returning to the road as part of the America’s Parks I Encore Exhibition. These artworks were in the original America’s Parks exhibition that was in demand by other museums and exhibition spaces when the initial tour concluded.

Under a Watchful Eye” (Great Horned Owl - right), “In Perfect Balance” (Roseate Spoonbill), and “Antelope Island Beauty” (American Avocet) represent some of the birds found in America’s state and city parks.

“I truly enjoy the various parks in the Southwest, whether Im searching for subject matter to paint or just looking to reconnect with nature,” Peyton said. “I find inspiration in various parks, from large areas in the National Park system to local city parks. You just have to get out there and look around.”

The exhibition will visit four museums during its tour, including the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, Kansas (Dec. 4, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016); Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron, Nebraska (March 14 - May 14, 2016); The Lightner Museum, St. Augustine, Florida (June 8 - Aug. 31, 2016); and the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri (September 16 - October 30, 2016).

The Lightner Museum will celebrate 100 years of service by The National Park Service by featuring America's Parks in collaboration with Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the first of only three walled cities ever constructed in North America and the oldest European structure on the continent. The official centennial anniversary is August 25, 2016.

‘Prey Watch’ chosen to appear in International Guild of Realism exhibition

Prey Watch(May 11, 2015) - “Prey Watch,” Anne Peyton’s original painting of a Broad-winged Hawk, was selected for the Masterworks of the International Guild of Realism exhibition.

“This Broad-winged Hawk was sitting on the wire during a late summer afternoon in Minnesota,” Peyton said. “Initially we thought it couldn't care less about us or the traffic until we noted that it kept staring down into the overgrown ditch below it. The breeze was blowing, causing the grasses and weeds to move. Was there something else down there? Maybe dinner?”

The exhibit opens at The R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, La., from May 19 through July 26, 2015, before continuing to the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Fla., September 1 - October 31, 2015, and the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Ga., February 6 - June 11, 2016.



‘Bird’s Eye View’ selected for The Art of Conservation 2014 exhibition and commemorative book cover

Bird's Eye View(March 29, 2015) - “Bird’s Eye View,” Anne Peyton’s original painting of a Eurasian Eagle Owl, was selected for the 4th Artists For Conservation Festival.

The painting was also selected for the cover of the AFC’s annual exhibit book.

“Seeing a Eurasian Eagle Owl for the first time left me awestruck,” Peyton said. “They are among the largest of all owls in the world but what captured my attention were those large, pumpkin-colored eyes.

“Depending on the part of Europe, they range from a species of least concern in some areas to an endangered species in others. During the 1900s, Eurasian Eagle Owl populations declined drastically when humans hunted and poisoned them. With increased protection by local governments and reintroduction in some areas, these owls are slowly making a comeback. While their numbers are improving, it will be some time before they return to the numbers seen in the past.”

The exhibit opened at the Grouse Mountain Resort’s Spirit Gallery in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in September 2014 and features artist displays, lectures and films during the stay. Forty-five pieces, including “Bird’s Eye View,” were selected for the tour which opened at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2015.

The exhibit travels to south Florida where it will appear in two venues: the Ansin Family Gallery at the Miramar Cultural Center in Miramar, Fla., from April 25 through May 3; and Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., between May 12 and June 15.


‘A World of Birds’: Anne Peyton featured in American Art Collector

A World of Birds(November 7, 2014) - Arizona wildlife artist Anne Peyton is featured in the November 2014 issue of American Art Collector. The two-page spread, “A World of Birds,” is one of Anne’s awards for second prize in International Artist magazine’s Challenge No. 83: Wildlife.

In the article, Peyton discusses her methods for creating her award-winning paintings and the research process to ensure that each piece is accurate both artistically and scientifically.

“All the birds that I paint are subjects that my husband and I go out and find, so they’re all birds in their natural settings, and I like the detail of things, so the anatomy is an important part of everything to me,” Peyton says.

“I also like with the acrylics that they have nice hard edges, so it’s a great medium for negative spaces and solid backgrounds. I don’t always put a background in.”

The article also features four Anne Peyton paintings, including “In Perfect Balance,” “Morning Glory,” “Antelope Island Beauty” and “On His Territory.