Brian S. Carney
Whitetail Deer, Birds of Prey
It was in the seventh grade that Brian first began drawing with ball point pen, when his
art teacher Mr. Graves told him that ball point pen is a bad medium because it was difficult
to reproduce and there was no variation of line. Brian knew Mr. Graves was probably right,
but the rebellious teen age boy was not satisfied with that reasoning and stuck with the
ball point pen.
Almost four decades later Brianís favorite sketching medium is still the ball point pen
which he uses for all his preliminary sketches for his oil paintings. Since first debuting his
oil paintings at the 2009 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston SC, Brianís career in
wildlife art has come a long way in a short time. His creative obsessions in those days were
whitetail deer, mountain lion and redtail hawk, which over time has evolved to mostly birds
of prey. Much to his surprise, over these last five years Brianís preliminary sketches in ball point
pen have become more popular than his paintings. Thus, in 2012-13 Brian has decided to take
his ball point work to a new level, and create a portfolio of more elaborate ball point pen drawings,
and concentrated most of his time on developing his skill in this medium. Heís been working
diligently on this latest series peregrine falcon studies which may eventually become oil
Support for Conservation:
an all bird art show, "It's for the Birds" at the Charlotte Art League
benefiting the Carolina Raptor Center.
It was a great success, and we are looking at the
possibility of making this an annual event. I still donate to CRC
in various ways. My favorite is the adopt a bird program.
Also, since the Mule Deer T-shirt project, I have remained in contact with the Mule Deer Foundation and participate in their various events.
On January 7, 2012 I will be painting at the live auction.
- 2009 - Mule Deer Foundation Tee Shirt Painting
I donated my time and commission fee to the MDF for the privledge
of printing my painting on the Atlanta Chapter Mule Deer Foundation
- 2 - AFC Conservation Award February 2012
Brian is another AFC member active in the conservation community.
Recently he organized an all bird art show in North Carolina, USA, "It's for the Birds" at the Charlotte Art
League benefiting the Carolina Raptor Center (CRC). It was a great success, and they are looking at the
possibility of making this an annual event. He continues toll donate to CRC in various ways. His favorite
is contribute to their adopt a bird program.
Also, he has remained in contact with the Mule Deer Foundation and participated in their various events.
Perhaps the best reference is an email received from a grateful Chairman of the MDF Georgia, USA chapter:
"On January 7, 2012 Brian drove from his home in South Carolina to our auction in Atlanta, GA this past
Saturday to support the Mule Deer Foundation . He painted an original painting at the show and then
donated it so that we could auction it off to support the foundation. I know that you already know this,
but Brian has done a great deal of charitable work for us over the last three years. He also drove to Atlanta
and painted at our event last year; and before that he did the original artwork for our t-shirts which he
donated and then printed a large number of shirts for us at below his cost. I can't express how wonderful
he has been to our charitable organization. All of the money that we have raised from his and other
sponsor's donations goes directly into the field for habitat and other conservation efforts for the mule deer.
Brian is a champion of our cause and a wonderful person. And, of course, an amazing artist. We hope to
continue our relationship with Brian going forward, but wanted you to know that he continues to be one of
our biggest supporters. Thanks in part to his support and the support of all of our sponsors - we raised
$24,000 and had a 80.6 net percentage after expenses. The net number is the highest net that the
Mule Deer Foundation has ever had at a chapter event. The money will all go to wonderful conservation
efforts to help support mule deer conservation and habitat protection projects."
Brian studied painting, drawing, and illustration of various genres from 1986-1991 at "The Jasar's School
of Drawing and Illustration" in Sayville, NY. where he developed good fundemental draughtsmanship and
painting skills. The combination of his lifelong fascination of nature with and his unique impressionist/
expressionist style was first debuted at the 2009 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC.
Among his awards was the David Cook Drawing Award at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in
Congratulations on this, and on all your hard work in using art to further the conservation cause.
I do hope we will meet in person one of these days.
President & Founder
Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC)
"Supporting Nature Through Art"
- A loose and Colorful Side of Wildlife/Wildscape Magazine (2010)
More about A loose and Colorful Side of Wildlife/Wildscape Magazine
I talked about myself and my work and how I use wild animals
and intuitive color to evoke moods to the viewer. - It covers the basic fundamentals of my thought process.
Draughtsmanship, Thumbnails, Inspiration, Color, Etc
Author: Self written article
Published by: Darwin Publishing
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