"SUNSET ON THE POND" by Stephen Koury 8x10 limited edition canvas giclee' A great afternoon led to this evening. We had spent the afternoon watching various ducks and waterbirds and then this sunset. We were on the water so the perspective was different than from shore, surrounded by these lily pads that were this really soft and appealing color Some of the color was still visible in the reflective light of the sunset, other objects were just silhouettes. The scene was gorgeous and the painting carried it off.
"TALL TIMBER" by Stephen Koury 10"x8" limited edition canvas giclee' The play of light in this scene is what attracted me to it in the first place. The shadows across the foreground and the strong light in the background make for a very pleasing composition. framed $150 FRAMED OPTION
"SUNSET ON THE MARSH" by Stephen Koury 10"x8" limited edition canvas giclee' Sky, glorious sky! This painting is about that soft warm glorious sunset. This is one of the great things about being a nature artist, being at places like this and really looking, taking it in, absorbing what you see, then hoping that you can paint it!
"SUNSET COLORS" by Stephen Koury 10"x8" limited edition canvas giclee' All about light! I used to think that there were sunsets that I just could not paint because people would not believe them, and then I realized that people other than me look at sunsets, we have seen this beauty! wood frame $90
"EVENING FLIGHT" by Stephen Koury 10"x8" limited edition canvas giclee' Sky, awesome sky and a flight of pelicans heading right towards us. This piece was inspired by a day on the Homosassa river, and this particular spot with that palm tree.
"FLOODED TIMBER" by Stephen Koury 10"x8" limited edition canvas giclee' This is a tidal marsh which means it's sometimes wet and sometimes dry. The first time I saw this area the tide was out. The next time the tide was in and it looked quite a bit different, the water and the sky were working their magic and the resulting water color was amazing, I knew then I would paint this.
"INLAND MOON" by Stephen Koury 10"x8"limited edition canvas giclee' This is a favorite time of day, the suns gone down and the chill of evening hasn't set in. This is when I'm usually heading home and the walk is always eventful, early owls, and late birds. The sky in the fall and winter seem to be clearer, the stars almost touchable.
"TURKEY LANE" by Stephen Koury, 18"x28" limited edition canvas giclee' An early morning in the woods, waiting for the gobbler to come across the field, only to realize he had headed the other way. So we packed up and start walking out, as we turned the corner guess who's walking towards us. We all get spooked a little, at least we weren't the ones that ran and this painting came from that meeting. The light and how it plays among the trees and the shadows across the road, is really appealing. These same shadows act to deepen the painting, pushing the turkeys back. The turkey's placement tells the viewer that they have also just turned the corner and they also serve as a size reference.
"MORNING FLIGHT"16"x36" limited edition canvas giclee' There is so much that attracted me to this scene that it's hard to pin point what really started me on this piece. The greens along rivers vary, but there is a time of year when it is such a fresh vibrant green that it makes your soul soar! You can feel the growth and health of the environment and it feels good to your core to be there, this river was at that time. Into these living greens come the beautiful white egrets, living glowing reminders of what this place should look like. I wanted to fill this painting with these graceful birds and to move the viewers focus from right to left as the deparing birds moved down the river. Paintings this size are really time intensive, which means all the time and love that I put into it as the artist becomes a gamble...... you know what you are trying to do, but you are not sure it will happen and by now you have so much into it. So you sweat it, and you keep working, staring, working, staring, wondering, hoping... then one day it pops! This one pops! framed $525 FRAMED OPTION
"ROYALLY RUFFLED" by Stephen Koury 30"x12" limited edition canvas giclee' Royal terns are so elegant; they are incredible fliers with beautiful plumage. They flock in large groups on the beaches and fuss at each other continually. This fussy behavior is the basis for this painting and highlights how paintings are born. Watching wildlife opens doors to behaviors and habits that the various critters exhibit, these lead to ideas... creative ideas that lead to paintings.
"ALERT" 24"x12" limited edition canvas giclee' A full grown Whitetail Buck looks back to see what has spooked the egrets in the field behind him. This buck was really appealing, he carried himself very well. The light in this painting is really nice and the shadow on his back is a real bonus for me. In fact, the light playing across his body and the grasses really drew me to paint this buck.
"THE CATCH" by Stephen Koury 30"x20" limited edition canvas giclee' This awesome eagle had just finished snatching this bass when I arrived. He was trying to get to a comfortable position to begin his meal and he kept opening and closing his wings. The poses were awesome, compared to the folded wings, so I painted the wings open. One of the challenges of these big birds is to NOT make them look heavy; this pose really made me feel like this Eagle is buoyant, and a master of the air. framed $545 FRAMED OPTION
"LEARNING THE GAME" by Stephen Koury 18"x9" limited edition canvas giclee' We found this baby Gator in a little waterhole and put him in a wheel barrow with a little water while I sketched and photographed him. Young gators have a protective coloring that kind of mimics dappled light and I remember being struck by how really handsome he was. This painting was the result and it's included in my book "Painting Nature's Little Creatures". wood frame with linen liner $325
"SPRING ARRIVAL" by Stephen Koury 18"x9" limited edition canvas giclee' This little bunny was with three others in our backyard among the passion vine, we watched them for several days. They were very cautious and rarely out in the open, so I felt the painting should follow this line. I placed the bunny off center, not obvious. Then I covered him a little with some leaves and placed a passion flower on the left to help draw attention away from the bunny. framed $325 Framed Optiion
"BARN OWL" by Stephen Koury 14"x16"matted limited edition print The barn owl has these dark mysterious eyes that seem to be bottomless. I try to capture a little bit of their essence when I do the portraits, their bodies are almost weightless, consisting mainly of feathers, yet they are wonderfully strong predators.
"THE LOOK" by Stephen Koury 14"x16" matted limited edition reproduction Great Horned owls are the big dog of the avian predator world, holding precedence over red tailed hawks, etc. basically no one messes with them. This particular bird seemed so strong and confident. We walked up on him in a cedar tree with a mountain of pellets below, he was obviously eating well. I wouldn't of noticed him if he had held still. Its great going through the contents of the disgorged pellets, they proide a record of the prey items that are in the area. You can find tiny jaw bones and teeth, very cool stuff.
"SPIRIT" by Stephen Koury 23"x16" matted limited edition print Harris Hawk with Petrogylphs I grew up in Northern Arizona and spent a great deal of time in the canyons and dry washes of the southwest, these glyphs are everywhere. There are canyons that have glyphs from several generations of people, and some are very powerful. This piece is one of those powerful panels with a wonderfully aware Harris Hawk. The painting was meant to be intimate and the eye contact with the bird brings the feeling home. framed $335 FRAMED OPTIONS
"QUICK DRAW" by Stephen Koury 29"x17.5"matted limited edition print Pileated & Red-Bellied These two woodpeckers have been working their way around a dead tree when they both spot a moth simultaneously. These dead trees are veritable cafeterias for critters; this tree is home to ants, a walking stick and a bagworm. In reality there would be a host of critters living and slowly eating this tree. framed $365 FRAMED OPTIONS
"DOUBLE GOLD" by Stephen Koury 18.5"x16" matted limited edition print This piece is the result of several days watching Goldfinch play around thistle feeders. The males were everywhere and their plumage was simply glowing making it real easy to want to paint them. The main stem of the wild rose acts to create a diagonal dividing the image. The blooms and the birds act to draw the eye around the image, and the elegance of the birds awesome.
"BROADTAIL ON PAINTBRUSH" by Stephen Koury 14"x16" matted limited edition canvas giclee' This little guy is usually an early visitor to the mountains where we live in the summer. They show up after the Broadtails and begin staking out their territories. The females arrive later and courtship begins. The paintbrush in this piece is another variety called Rosy Paintbrush and it usually is found near stream banks and in wetlands. framed $195 FRAME OPTIONS
"RUFOUS ON PAINTBRUSH" by Stephen Koury 14"x16" matted limited edition canvas giclee' Hummingbirds are magical, shimmering little fairies zipping about. The Broadtail is a very common bird in the western US. The Indian Paintbrush is present in at least three forms, this being the red or Wyoming Paintbrush.
"YIN & YANG" by Stephen Koury 12"x17.5" matted limited edition This painting just came to me while standing in my booth at a rained out art show. I could not wait to get home and start the painting, it was it's time. The piece is about balance, or yin and yang. The swallowtail on the left is balanced buy the volume of painting to the right. The catch here was to portray water in a believable manner, hence the waterlines on the rocks and the bubbles at waterline. This image is part of "The Little Jewels Series". framed $195 FRAMED OPTION
"PAINTED JEWEL" by Stephen Koury 16"x17.5" matted limited edition print This male Painted Bunting is a somewhat secretive bird, preferring the underbrush and thick cover to open spaces. The painting reflects this behavior as the male forages among wild grape. The bird is away from the center of the painting to increase emphasis on the vines and the play of light on it. This image is part of "The Little Jewels Series" and was featured on the Florida Wildlife Expositions commemorative wine bottle label. framed $185 FRAMED OPTIONS
"GAMBELS QUAIL" by Stephen Koury 12"x15" matted limited edition print These little guys are basically western birds and this painting is a study in color. The birds are painted as if there is an overcast sky allowing the colors of the surrounding vegetation to really shine. The eye is drawn from one point to another following the various colors.
"QUAIL COVER' by Stephen Koury 12"x15"matted limited edition print This piece is about two Quail blending into fallen autumn leaves. The plumage completely blends in with the colors of the leaves. Quail use the behavior of holding completely still until found out then they explode into the air. This image is part of "The Little Jewels Series".
"LANDING PAD" by Stephen Koury 11.5"x14.5" matted limited edition print Necia and I were hiking in North Carolina and along side the trail was this very scene. The bumblebee was resting on the fallen leaf, yellow and glowing like a beacon. It seemed that the leaf was functioning as a landing pad for the bumblebee and the painting was well on its way. Interestingly the bumblebee was probably a queen and looking for a burrow to over winter and had crawled over the leaf when we saw her. This image is part of "The Little Jewel Series" and was editor's choice for US Art Magazine. framed $175 FRAMED OPTION cream/gray matted $85
"FOLLOW THE SIGN" by Stephen Koury 14"x18" matted limited edition print- This piece has a turkey track in the center which blends into the landscape. This piece was also featured on the cover of WILDLIFE ART COLLECTORS Edition. Part of Little Jewels Series. framed $175 FRAMED OPTION natural/rust matted $85
"NATURAL CAMO" by Stephen Koury 13"x15" matted limited edition print - This is all about camouflage and blending into your environment. The Florida Gopher Frog shares a gopher tortoise burrow with at least 20 other critters, you would think it would get a little crowded in there. The painting is meant to help accentuate the camo theme by placing the frog off center, placing the Erect Dayflower in the piece to draw away from the frog, and using the frog's natural color to blend him in. This image is part of "The Little Jewels Series".
"Spring Fever" by Stephen Koury limited edition print-This piece was one of Steve's first print releases. The painting was inspired after a visit to the Green Swamp where Steve saw two bobcat kittens. In the painting there is a small mouse hidden under the log out of the kittens sight. unframed $135
"WISDOM" by Stephen Koury, 30"x48" limited edition canvas giclee' How the Elephant painting was born---- It was my second summer in Africa, and I was working as a naturalist leading photo safaris. My vehicle had six american tourists and a south african driver, we were on a two track dirt road moving from our old camp to a new one and game viewing while we drove. As we rounded a corner this Big Beautiful Bull Elephant stepped out in front of us, startling him and surprising us! He immediately became larger, fanning his ears and kicking up dust, coming towards us, we immediately began backing up, the driver trying his best not to jackknife the small luggage trailer we were towing. As we backed down the road the Elephant continued to move towards us. I remember telling the people to sit tight and not panic and I photographed as we continued backwards, the vehicle lurched to a stop, I glanced at my rear view mirror and the trailer was sideways, we could go no further. On came the Elephant, it was pretty tense for a moment! He came to a stop at the very front of the vehicle, followed by a cloud of dust, somehow at this point that I felt we were alright! He seemed satisfied that we had backed off, as my eyes traveled from the tip of his trunk which as at ground level up to his eyes, I could tell he had calmed down! Looking in his eyes I felt a wisdom, a calmness instead of the rage that I expected. He shook his head one more time, emitting a huge cloud of dust and turned and was gone! Incredible! framed $1550
"LIONS & THE LEOPARD" by Stephen Koury 48"x24" limited edition canvas giclee'- A family of lions investigate a wary leopard tortoise. The painting was inspired the first time I watched Lions and a Leopard Tortoise. I fully thought I was watching the tortoise's demise, but the lions could not get a good bite on the shell. They tried and tried to bite through the shell while the tortoise waited patiently for them to give up. As I watched I remember saying to myself the Leopard and the Lions, the painting was born. The color of the lions and the tortoise work very well together. In the piece the Male knows that the investigation will amount to nothing, while the cubs still hold some hope of getting into the shell. framed $1395
"TWO KINGS" by Stephen Koury 28"x15" limited edition canvas giclee' Cape Buffalo are awe inspiring; they seem to be carved out of granite. They look you right in the eye, basically staring you down. They can be multi-colored depending on the mud color they have recently bathed in, they have never been domesticated, and they are truly Africa. I found the buffalo to be wonderful subjects and these two are older bachelor herd bulls. We followed them for two days watching the sparing and tests of strength, all with different light. This painting is the fourth buffalo piece and I think a few more are on the way!
"GOLD DUST" by Stephen Koury 28"x18" limited edition canvas giclee' This painting had to be painted! This was one of those moments that you hope you can recreate. We were watching a herd of Zebra at this waterhole while the Sun was working its way down. The Zebra are always a bit edgy (I wonder why?). They spooked and scattered while leaving the waterhole in a cloud of dust. We were preparing to leave and a Female Giraffe followed by a large Bull Giraffe walked into the scene, the sun was just right and the whole scene lit up, it was awesome!
"EVENING AT RIETFONTEIN" by Stephen Koury 24"x16" limited edition canvas giclee' The gemsbok are incredible creatures, they are designed in every way to with stand tremendous temperatures and long periods with little water. Part of their territory includes the Kalahari Desert where temperatures easily reach 120F. To cope with these temps Gemsbok have hair on their hides that are hollow, lots of it and these hairs help reduce the amount of ambient and direst solar heat that reaches the body. To touch the coat of a Gemsbok feels like thousands of tiny straws. They are strikingly beautiful normally having a grayish cast to the body. This grayish cast also allows the body to pick up light in wonderful ways, as in this piece. The low hanging evening light has cast a warm hue on these two while they take water at Rietfontain waterhole. framed $495
"COOLIN' OFFf" by Stephen Koury 17.75"x7" limited edition canvas giclee' These massive guys look really docile and content in this cooling pool of water. In reality they are deciding whether they should submerge or charge out and bluff us. They actually hurt more people each year in Africa than any other critter, the problem is basically wrong place at the wrong time. The bulls are very territorial and keep a good eye on their harem, if you happen to unknowingly get between the bull and his girls then he takes it out on your canoe or makoro, and you just happened to be in the way. These big guys are awesome and their calls and bellows are such a part of Africa it's hard to think about it without remembering their sounds. framed $305
"SURVIVOR" by Stephen Koury 14.5"x10" limited edition canvas giclee' Many times young African plains animals survive predator attacks, their vitality is legendary. This painting is of Zebra at a waterhole, but particularly the stallion in front, as a youngster he had survived a lion attack and the scars on his hip have healed well. He is now a big strong healthy stallion a bit more wary than his fellows with two stripes that didn't quite match up when they healed. framed $305 FRAMED OPTION
"EVENING AT GOAS" by Stephen Koury 14.5"x10" limited edition canvas giclee' Goas is a waterhole in Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa. The viewer can get such intimate looks at critters that it's almost unbelievable. This bull giraffe had just finished a pretty lengthy fight with another bull of about the same size. You could feel the electricity in the air prior to and during the fight. THese two giants stood side by side and pummeled each other in the belly and side with the tops of their heads... swung like wrecking balls. You could hear and feel the blows. After 15 to 20 minutes they separated and calmly walked to different sides of the waterhole for a much needed drink. The winner? I'm not sure, but the Giraffes know! framed $305 FRAMED OPTION
"EVENING ESCORT" by Stephen Koury 34"x12" limited edition canvas giclee' This black rhino and calf were so close to us as they headed for water that we had to wait to take the photos. They were a very lucky sighting. The evening light bathed the rhinos in gorgeous light.