Great Blue Heron: I often wonder what life as a Great Blue Heron feels like, and dream of being reincarnated as one. I look to these birds as teachers, with much I could learn about being alive, patient, and focused. Their hunting style combines slow, deliberate movements with precise, lightning-fast reactions. This, paired with their hardy, survivalist nature and their external elegance makes them birds that I admire greatly and just love to paint. This piece is a portrait, fusing some of the techniques of traditional European portrait painting with compositional elements inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking.