Wild Turkey Feather Paintings
by Dan Andrews
Dan began painting on Wild Turkey feathers several years ago and they have become a unique and popular piece of original art. Dan begins by collecting Wild Turkey feathers through several sources. Usually these are from Merriam Turkeys, but he also has used feathers from Eastern Turkeys which are a slighty different color. Then he paints an undercoat of white gesso on the feather where the painting will be. This helps to seal the feather together. Dan then paints the wildlife subject using acrylic paints. Once the painting is done, Dan frames it under Anti-Reflection UV glass for a unique and lasting original piece of art.
Dan's painting of a Pine Marten won this year's Wyoming Conservation Stamp Contest. Dan's painting was selected over 58 other entries. Limited edition prints will be available in the fall.
Dan's painting "Wyoming Sunset" was chosen as the People's Choice award at the recent Saratoga, Wyoming Arts Festival. This award is based on all the votes by the attendees for their favorite painting.