After producing a series of large-scale works involving birds, I decided I wanted to be more spontaneous and work in a smaller format.  This gave me an opportunity to be more experimental with the application of the paint.  For these works, I rarely ever use any visual references.  I try to envision the bird and its environment from memory, and create the design from that standpoint.  This way of thinking eliminates unnecessary details and allows me to concentrate on the visual elements I retained from observation.

This group of paintings on display at the Edwardsville library has been dubbed the “Fledgling Series”, meaning a young bird or an inexperienced person.

David M. Yates 2012