Ducks to dogs: Wildlife artist holds his Fortuna annual show

Wildlife artist holds his Fortuna annual show

Pintail ducks by artist D. Nicholson Miller. (Courtesy of the artist)
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Internationally recognized wildlife artist, D. Nicholson Miller will exhibit his artwork at the River Lodge Conference Center in Fortuna on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be Miller’s 24th annual show in Fortuna.

Since moving to Humboldt County in 1995, Miller continued to exhibit at shows throughout the western United States. He traveled thousands of miles to participate in shows such as International Sportsmen’s Expos, Gilroy Garlic Festival, Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Bellevue Art Festival, Park City Art Festival, Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation events, and hundreds more. He was the recipient of a variety of ribbons and awards from shows such as the St. George Art Festival, Saratoga Rotary Art Show, Indian Wells and Borrego Springs Art Shows and the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show. His art was selected for prints by Ducks Unlimited and California Waterfowl and for 12 Canada Conservation Stamps.

In 2018, he decided to retire and enjoy life on the North Coast, spending hours working in his yard and tending his flowers rather than driving up and down U.S. Highway 101.

Miller says he loves living where there is so much wildlife in his backyard.

“In my years as a falconer I would have given anything to have a peregrine falcon fly over my home,” he said. “Now I live where I see kestrels, red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk and peregrine not only flying over my home, they are nesting nearby. I love that deer, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks and a variety of birds are regular visitors. Yes, I even enjoy the occasional sojourns by black bear, bobcat and mountain lion.”

“Snickers,” a commission work by D. Nicholson Miller. (Courtesy of the artist)

For his 24th annual show, he is painting small, affordable originals of local wildlife, including tree swallows, falcons, woodpecker, pintail ducks and more. His painting has expanded to doing more commissions of furry four-legged family members (dogs and cats) some of which will be available for viewing.

Miller’s paintings feature a life-long love for wildlife from the swallows that mesmerized him at the age of 5, the birds of prey that were a 25-year obsession and birds and animals he observed in travels across the United States into Alaska and to Canada, Guatemala and South Africa.

All his work will be on display and for sale at the exhibit, including previously released Canada Conservation Stamp Prints, Ducks Unlimited Prints, Washington State Duck Stamp Prints and collector prints featuring a variety of wildlife subjects.

River Lodge is located at 1800 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna.

 

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