314 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-259-0416.
Sean Murtha is a master of wildlife painting whose early training involved work on the murals and dioramas of the American Museum of Natural history in New York City. "Just as plein-air work is the foundation for my landscapes" writes Murtha, "so too is sketching birds from life for my bird paintings; by relying on direct observation of my subject, I seek to capture more of the essence of a bird than merely its appearance. On Saturday and Sunday, at 11:00, Sean Murtha will be speaking on "The Artist and His Habitat". He will discuss is approach to art, including a bit of his history and how that played into his artistic development. Murtha will also discuss his commitment to field-work, sketching birds from life, and "plein air" painting. "I'll include my focus on the birds and habitats of the Long Island Sound, with details about my involvement with the Great Gull Island tern colony." states Murtha, " I will touch upon the history of birds as subjects for art, and its relevance today." Murtha's artwork will be on display at the Birds and Their Habitat on September 28 -29 from 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. at the Connecticut Audubon Society's Center at Fairfield.