If you look, you will find them.
The swallows that make their nests of mud beneath the eaves. The raptors in the raftors, storks on the continental rooftops, coyotes in the city alley. There are bats and voles and rats and mice, skunks, opposoms and the deluge of songbirds that share spaces with us in spite of our sharp elbows.
We don't need to travel far, into the deepest wilderness, to make animal sightings. The Europeans know this all too well. A few months ago, Wildlife Art Journal magazine started a new section called "Habitats" featuring the aerial photography of Christopher Boyer.
A pilot-shooter-conservationist, Boyer is drawn to the patterns of nature and those artificially asserted upon landscapes by human development. While he makes his living hovering over the pastoral, often vacant expanses of the American West, Mineke Reinders, the next artist in the series, is drawn to ancient hubs of civilization and yes, the back passageways where one would never expect to encounter wild creatures, yet they are there.
The Dutch-American, who paints in watercolor and gouache, not long ago had an extended foray in the Turkish city of Ankara, the storied Anatolian crossroads for East-West trade and a cultural melting pot. Reinders was smitten with what he found in the old history, exploring narrow lanes circuiting around Ankara's famous citadel and central bazaar. Assembling a remarkable portfolio of sketches and drawings, she was invited back for a special exhibition of her work...
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Post Date:December 27th, 2010
'In this latest installment of Habitats, Mineke Reinders, a Dutch-American watercolorist, shares works from her travels in Turkey and around the world—observations that reside at the corner of nature and settlement.