‘Maggie’ debuts at WAOW’s National Exhibition at the Phippen Museum

Maggie(Feb. 19, 2024) - Anne Peyton’s “Maggie,” a portrait of a beloved rescued Great Horned Owl, will make its debut at the “Dreamweavers” 54th annual exhibition of the Women Artists of the West’s at the Phippen Museum of Western Art in Prescott, Arizona.

“Maggie is one of Liberty Wildlife’s education ambassadors,’ said Anne, one of Maggie’s handlers at Liberty Wildlife. ”She came to our facility in 2003 as a baby following a nest attack by a local hawk. She had multiple open wounds in her skull that required constant cleaning until her skull grew back. She became a beautiful bird full of personality and is very popular with visitors and school children.

“Maggie also has a second job as a foster parent. In the spring, Liberty receives dozens of nestling owls, many blown out of nests by seasonal winds and storms. Maggie will foster up to six babies each spring, feeding them and protecting them from her keepers who still have to clean and provide food each day.

“I don’t often paint captive animals, but for this special bird I made an exception.”

“Dreamweavers” opens at the Phippen March 1 and continues through June 23. 


‘Out of the Blue’ selected for AFC International Exhibit of Nature in Art Show

Out of the Blue (Sept. 15, 2023) - Anne Peyton’s original portrait of an Augur Buzzard, “Out of the Blue,” has been selected for the Artists For Conservation “14th Annual International Exhibit of Nature in Art.”

“The Augur Buzzard, an African hawk, spends much of its time soaring while looking for food,” Anne said. “When it sees potential prey it continues to soar while making a slow descent, at times hovering in place. When the buzzard thinks it has the advantage, the hunter will then tip forward and power dive "out of the blue" to make its kill. This remarkable hawk is also known to engage venomous snakes and monitor lizards on the ground, using its broad wings like a matador's cape to entice the snake to strike, then quickly grabbing the head with its talons.

“The decline is due to collisions with electrical infrastructure and cars, electrocutions, habitat fragmentation, habitat loss or deliberate, or incidental poisoning. All of these issues are things that can be fairly easily addressed with some effort.”

The AFC Show opens Sept. 21-24 at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia. The exhibit will travel to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Ariz., December 16, 2023 through March 3, 2024


‘Fixation’ selected for 2023 Birds in Art Exhibition

Fixation (September 6, 2023) - Anne Peyton’s “Fixation” has been selected for the prestigious Birds In Art 2023 juried show, which opens at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., on Sept. 6.

“‘Fixation’ has two meanings,” Peyton said. “First is the single-mindedness of a hunt on the hunt for food. When the bird sees potential prey, it will lock on the target until the time is right to pursue and strike. It knows if a person is nearby, but if you’re not threatening or you’re unaware the hawk is present then it may go after its prey.

“Second is the work that many nations and conservation groups are doing to preserve the ecosystems. Although white hawks are not threatened, they are losing habitat to agriculture and ranching. Habitat loss affects the forest flora and fauna. Many nations are using the charismatic white hawk as an “umbrella species” to protect the forests and and its biodiversity.”

Update: “Fixation” has been selected for the Birds In Art annual tour. Event stops include the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Plum Creek Nature Center, Joliet, Ill., Jan.–Feb., 2024; Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., March–May; Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, Okla., June–Aug.; and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas, Sept.–Dec., 2024.