Sugar Bush – Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Original Artwork by Michael Dumas

Sugar Bush – Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Michael Dumas
Original Artwork
Oil on Prepared Panel
8.5 × 8.5 in


Artwork Description

“The red-breasted nuthatch is a common bird in my area, and I see them on an almost daily basis. This sort of familiarity and visual contact is very much at the heart of what inspires me to paint. The individual bird in my painting is one that I have coaxed onto my hand many times by holding out a few seeds, and he seems to recognize me when I step outside. Because of this I get the opportunity to watch first-hand and very close-up as he forages in upside-down fashion searching for food on tree-trunk and branches. It is all so intimate and full of trust, and it was my hope that this would show in the final painting.”

– Michel Dumas