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Shirl Ireland


Autumn Blanket
Jumping Off Point
Sleeping Beauty
Slow & Steady
Smooth Landing
Free As A Bird
Morning Watch
Joining The Flock
Natural Instincts
Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Power Of One
Great Grey Owl - study
Big Horn Line
Bachelor Pad - update
A Mothers Journey
Pelican Line Up
Gone But Not Forgotten
Painting an elk 'from life'
Grizzly - study
Sometimes It Snows In April
Close To Home
Great Horned Owl - study
Red Tail Portrait

I don’t  think I can learn from a wild animal how to live in particular….

but I might learn something of mindlessness, something of the purity of living in the physical sense and the dignity of living without bias or motive. Anne Dillard

Living and working at the edge of Yellowstone National Park I HAVE to paint wildlife. It’s all around me. I consider myself very fortunate to live so intimately with nature and have the experience of interacting with wildlife on a daily basis. Elk in the yard, deer sleeping on the deck, a big horn sheep ‘horn butting’ the window, a bobcat in the tree, bison herds swimming across the river onto our property, wolves taking down a pronghorn, watching eagles and osprey fishing in the Yellowstone River, pronghorn giving birth to twins right out the windows…. Where I live is a very special place and I want to honor that in my work. I paint my experiences with wildlife – from awe inspiring to ordinary – but they all touch a chord deep within me.  And as with my landscape painting, I often find metaphors in the back stages of my wildlife paintings as I observe and delve deeper.

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