"In a Natural State" — Barry Van Dusen Paints the Nature of Mass Audubon

September 15 - November 30, 2019
"Osprey on nest" watercolor © Barry Van Dusen
"Osprey on nest" © Barry Van Dusen

On exhibit throughout the fall—stunning new watercolors by Barry Van Dusen, each celebrating the flora and fauna of Mass Audubon's wildlife sanctuaries.

Barry is a nature artist and illustrator living in central Massachusetts. As the artist-in-residence at the Museum of American Bird Art from 2015-2017, Barry visited all of Mass Audubon's wildlife sanctuaries—57 at the time—over a period of 30 months and created drawings and paintings at each sanctuary. During the course of the project, he produced more than 180 watercolors and filled three sketchbooks.

More than 25 of his original watercolors will be on display in this exhibition, with works featuring birds, plants, landscapes, butterflies, and other animals.

Art Workshop 

Drawing & Painting Birds with Barry Van Dusen

Sunday, October 6 • 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Led by Barry Van Dusen, this all-day workshop will help you focus your artwork on birds! Learn how to create life-like bird portraits using "follow-along" drawing exercises and watercolor basics.

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Opening Reception

Sunday, September 15 • 2:30-4:00 pm

Artist Barry Van Dusen will introduce his work and discuss the process and techniques he used to create this watercolor series. This reception is free and open to the public! 

A portion of all purchases made during the exhibit helps to support Joppa Flats.

Artist‘s Bio

"Snowy Owl" watercolor © Barry Van Dusen
"Snowy Owl" © Barry Van Dusen

Barry Van Dusen has worked in a variety of media, but transparent watercolor is his first love. He has spent many years developing a watercolor style that stresses acute observation and strong draftsmanship while maintaining the primacy of artistic expression. He's been influenced by the work of European wildlife artists and has adopted their methodology of direct field sketching.

In 1994, Barry was elected a full member of London's Society of Wildlife Artists. His work has been exhibited regularly in the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition (Wausau, Wisconsin) as well as in many galleries in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Artists for Nature Foundation, Barry has traveled to Spain, Ireland, England, Israel, India, and Peru, working alongside other wildlife artists to raise money for conservation of threatened habitats.

His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines, and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with Mass Audubon.

See more of Barry's work on his website >

Contact Information

978-462-9998
joppaflats@massaudubon.org