Along the Waterfront

David N. Kitler's avatar David N. Kitler

Although I paint in a realistic style, I tend to avoid the “traditional” approach to wildlife art, and constantly experiment with different subjects, tools, formats, and compositions. In this piece – resulting from my latest trip to Africa – I included several smaller paintings along with the main image, illustrating the reality that, as I was observing one species, a lot of other things were happening around me. Water played a major part in this experience, so I used the strong blue, along with a number of other design elements – lines, shapes, placement – to connect the different images and to lead viewers around the painting. In order to add physical depth, I created layers by inlaying some of the miniatures at varying depths, while raising others above the surface plane. My goal is to offer the world something not already rendered a thousand times before, and to entice viewers to stop and take a closer look.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0
  • Medium: Acrylic on Baltic birch
  • Width: 6
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 4