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Anne PeytonAnne Peyton   AFC, SAA, NOAPS, NSPCA, WAOW, APA, AWA, The Bennington Collective Anne Peyton
Wildlife with an emphasis on birds of prey and waterfowl
 
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There are two criteria for a painting that Anne Peyton places in each of her finished pieces: One is that the final image shows respect for the subject; the second is that viewers can learn something after studying the art. They are two principles that the artist abides by as a wildlife artist, concentrating on birds and avian art.

For 20 years, Anne was one of the most sought after motorsports artists. Today, she has turned her eye and hand to the natural world. "In a way, it's closing a circle. Birds and other wildlife were the subjects of my earliest paintings. My grandfather had a number of feeders at his Fort Collins (Colorado) home and he was very proud of the birds that visited his yard. I would spend several hours at the table sketching and painting the birds I saw.

An avid birder, Anne has spent countless hours viewing birds around Arizona and the Southwest. "Observing birds and their habits is a way to discover more about their nature – the motions a Sandhill Crane makes during preening, the way a Golden Eagle walks along the ground instead of hopping or taking a short flight, or the frantic scolding of a House Wren guarding its nest hole. Each of these actions means something for the bird and it is these actions and their meanings that I want to convey to the viewer."

Anne dedicates several hours each month to volunteering at Liberty Wildlife, a Scottsdale-based rehabilitation and education organization that treats injured animals. Sometimes a bird cannot be released back into the wild. Zoos claim some while others become avian ambassadors for their species at Liberty's public presentations. Anne's specialty is assisting hawks, owls and falcons to become accustomed to people in educational and group settings.

"Each bird is an individual and behaves differently. Even among the same species, each bird has a distinct personality. That surprised me when I first started working with these amazing creatures, but it is an aspect that has served me well in the field and in my artwork".

Anne Peyton is based in Ahwatukee Foothills, Arizona. She is a Master Signature member of Women Artists of the West, a Master Artist with The Bennington Collective, a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, a Signature Artist's Guild member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, a Signature member of the Artists for Conservation, a Signature member of the American Plains Artists, a Signature member of the American Women Artists, and an Associate member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylics.

Her work has been seen in the several exhibitions, including Birds in Art (Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wis.); the Arts for the Parks (Jackson, Wyo.); Miniatures and More (National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyo.); National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylics annual exhibition (Salmagundi Club, New York City); and the numerous Society of Animal Artists' exhibitions.

 
Support for Conservation:
Anne's work with Liberty Wildlife was featured in Wildlife Art magazine. She spends at least 20 hours each week working with Liberty's education raptors – birds of prey that have been through Liberty's rehabilitation program but are deemed nonreleasable for a variety of reasons. Her responsibilities include training the birds to be comfortable on both the handler's glove and in front of an audience, daily care of each bird, and working with other education team members so they can become proficient with handling the birds.

She is also one of Liberty's six eagle handlers, working with the organization's Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles each week and presenting these magnificent animals to the public. Anne makes more than 50 appearances on behalf of Liberty Wildlife each year.

Anne is committed to Liberty's mission of nurturing the nature of Arizona by providing quality wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, research and conservation services. As a wildlife artist, she makes donations from sales of selected art pieces to support education training projects.

"Volunteering at Liberty is probably the most important and most gratifying work I have done," she says. "As more people move to Arizona, we're providing them with an opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close. Hopefully they or their children will make a connection with the birds and become aware of how the changing landscape is affecting those we share the land with."

It's also important that Anne knows more about her subjects so she can paint them while informing viewers about the wildlife and the place they occupy in the environment. She is active with Phoenix-area Audubon groups, participating in five recent Christmas bird counts as well as the International Migratory Bird Day count in May to help monitor the status of local species throughout the year.

She has used the knowledge she has gained to reach out to many local citizens, including guiding students, adults and tribal council leaders of the Gila River Indian Community on a December census of their reservation, teaching the young adults about the birds that live with the community and listening to the stories and songs of their elders.

In 2012, Anne was able to impart her knowledge to a new audience. As the Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Neb., Anne spoke to more than 600 visitors including several groups of students from around the state. During this time she was able to teach about her art style, natural history of the birds she was painting, and conservation of the songbirds, waterfowl and raptors in the area including the dangers of lead poisoning and lead alternatives for hunting and fishing.

Anne and her husband have also instituted field trips with the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory in Bisbee, Ariz., by taking Liberty Education team members to see many of the bird species they work with interacting in the wild.

"The saying is 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' but we've found that our education team can share more experiences with our audiences and be more passionate about our birds by watching the birds in the bush," Anne says.

"Wildlife conservation depends on educating the public. People will only care for wildlife once they have an emotional connection to it. Looking into the eyes of owls and eagles makes a powerful connection."

 
Special Achievements:
  • 2012 - “Longed For Still - The Avian Art of Anne Peyton”
    http://www.unl.edu/plains/gallery/gallery.shtml
    Solo Exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, Neb., April 24 - May 27, 2012
     
  • 2012 - Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence
    http://www.unl.edu/plains/gallery/gallery.shtml
    Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, Neb., April 24 - May 11, 2012
     
  • Juried and International Competitions
    2017

    “Collection Critters,” Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, Neb., November 2017 - February 2018

    “The Collective Members Show,” Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, September - December

    Richeson 75 - Animals, Birds and Wildlife, Finalist (1) and Meritorius (2)

    Artists For Conservation International Exhibit of Nature In Art, Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November

    American Women Artists “Under a Vast Sky” 2017 National Juried Exhibition, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Arizona, October - December

    38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, September - December

    Society of Animal Artists 57th annual “Art and the Animal,” The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey, September - October

    Society of Animal Artists Member Show and Sale, Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, August

    Artists For Conservation 2016 Tour, Lanwan Art Museum at Lanwan Eco Art Park, Quindao City, China, August - September

    Society of Animal Artists Member Show and Sale, The Nature In Art Museum, Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst, Gloucester, England, July - September

    “Wildscapes,” Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, June - July

    “Black & White,” Bennington Center For The Arts, Vermont, June - July

    American Women Artists 2017 Spring Online Juried Show - AWA Associates Competition, April 2017 - April 2018

    American Plains Artists “Small Works” Signature Member Show, Ole #1 Firehouse Art Center, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, March-May

    2016

    “12 x 12” Show and Sale, Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado, Kansas, November 2016 - January 2017

    “All Creatures, Great and Small,” Four Corners Gallery at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, November 2016 - January 2017

    Artist’s Magazine 33rd annual Art Competition, Finalist - Animal/Wildlife Category

    Women Artists of the West 46th National Exhibition, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas, November-December

    “37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition,” The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, October - December

    Society of Animal Artists “Art and the Animal,” Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, September - January 2017

    Artists For Conservation “9th Annual International Exhibit of Nature in Art,” Grouse Mountain Resort, Vancouver, British Columbia, September - October

    2016 Kentucky National Wildlife Exhibit, Henderson (Ky.) Fine Arts Center, September - November - John and Dawn Kelsey Award

    “Art of the Plains 2016” American Plains Artists 31st Annual Juried Exhibit, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, San Angelo, Texas, June - August

    “America's Parks Encore,” the Lightner Museum, St. Augustine, Florida, June - August

    “Animalia,” Loveland Museum, Colorado, June - August

    “Wildscapes,” Bennington (Vt.) Center for the Arts, June - July
    American Women Artists 2016 Spring Online Juried Show

    “Small Works,” Bennington (Vt.) Center for the Arts, May - December

    “Texas Themed,” Society of Animal Artists Membership Show and Sale, R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas, May-June

    “Flight/Vuelo” National Juried Exhibit, Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona, March-April

    “Animals in Art” International Exhibition, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March-April -

    Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association Award winner

    American Plains Artists Signature Member Show, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, Kansas, March-April

    “America's Parks Encore,” Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, Chadron, Nebraska, March - May

    “Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism,” Albany (N.Y.) Museum of Art, February - June

    Tempe (Ariz.) Youth Library Bird-themed display, January-May

    “The Best and the Brightest,” Scottsdale (Ariz.) Artists’ School, January - February

    2015

    Artist’s Magazine 32nd annual Art Competition, Finalist (2) - Animal/Wildlife Category

    Women Artists of the West 45th National Exhibition, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Arizona, November, Best Acrylic

    The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society “Best of America - 2015,” Ella Caruthers Dunnegan Gallery, Bolivar, Mo., and The Vine Gallery, Osage Beach, Mo., October - December

    “36th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition,” The Maritime Gallery, Mystic, Connecticut, September - December

    Artists For Conservation “8th Annual International Exhibit of Nature in Art,” Fairmont Waterfron Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, September 10 - 30

    “Art of the Plains 2015” American Plains Artists 30th Annual Juried Exhibit, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, August - October, Award of Excellence

    International Guild of Realism “10th Annual International Juried Exhibition,” Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, August - September

    “Birds of a Feather,” Tempe (Arizona) Center for the Arts, June -September

    “Art and the Animal Kingdom XX,” Bennington (Vt.) Center for the Natural and Cultural Arts, June - August

    “Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism,” The R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, La., May - July

    The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society 2015 Spring Signature Show, The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery, Osage Beach, Mo., May - June, Honorable Mention

    “Masterworks in Miniature 2015,” Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio, May

    “All Things Birds and Beautiful” Art Exhibit, Orcas Island Historical Museum, Eastsound, Wash., April – May

    American Women Artists 2015 Spring Online Juried Show

    “The Art of Conservation 2014 - An International Exhibit of Nature in Art” Tour, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz., January - March; Broward County, Fla., April - June

    “The Best and the Brightest,” Scottsdale (Ariz.) Artists’ School, January - March

    2014

    Artist’s Magazine 31st annual Art Competition, Finalist (3) - Animal/Wildlife Category

    Richeson 75 - Animals, Birds and Wildlife, Finalist
    International Artist Magazine Wildlife/Animal Competition, 2nd Place

    “A New Look at the West,” Pearce Museum, Corsicana, Texas, October - November

    The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Fall Online International Exhibit, October -December, Award of Merit
    2014 Kentucky National Wildlife Exhibit, Henderson (Ky.) Fine Arts Center, October - November

    The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society “Best of America - 2014,” Ella Caruthers Dunnegan Gallery, Bolivar, Mo., and The Vine Gallery, Osage Beach, Mo., October - November

    “The Art of Conservation 2014 - An International Exhibit of Nature in Art,” Grouse Mountain Resort, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, September - October

    Society of Animal Artists “Art and the Animal,” The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colo., August - October, Driftless Glen Distillery Purchase Award (Morning Glory)

    American Plains Artists Signature Member Show, Fort Concho National Historical Monument, San Angelo, Texas, July - August

    American Women Artists “The 17th Annual Master & Signature Member Show & National Juried Competition Exhibition,” Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, Mass., August - September

    “Art and the Animal Kingdom XIX,” Bennington (Vt.) Center for the Natural and Cultural Arts, June - August

    “Artists For Conservation: Saving Nature One Brushstroke at a Time,” Nova Southeastern University, Alvin Sherman Library Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May - June

    Women Artists of the West 44th National Exhibition “WAOWed in San Diego,” Women's Museum of California, San Diego, Calif., May - June

    27th International Exhibition on Animals in Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., March - April

    American Plains Artists “Art of the Plains” 2014 Juried Art Exhibit, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville, Texas, February - March, Award of Excellence

    “America's Parks II,” Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, Mo., March - April, Honorable Mention (4)

    “The Best and the Brightest,” Scottsdale (Ariz.) Artists’ School, January - March

    View a complete listing of Anne’s shows and societies to which she belongs at http://www.annepeytonart.com/Shows.htm
     
Collections:
  • 2014 - Driftless Glen Distillery
    http://www.driftlessglen.com/
    “Morning Glory” (Trumpeter Swan) was selected for the Driftless Glen Distilery Purchase Award at the Society of Animal Artists 54th Art and the Animal Awards Dinner on August 23. The painting will reside in the Driftless Glen Distillery Corporate Headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, when the new building opens in October 2014.
     
  • 2013 - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    http://www.desertmuseum.org
    "Return to Arizona" (Zone-tailed Hawk) purchased by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for its permanent art collection.
     
  • 2012 - Great Plains Art Museum
    http://www.unl.edu/plains/gallery/gallery.shtml
    “Attention Captured” (Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk) and “Top of the Morning” (Dickcissel) were created during the Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-In-Residence program at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Neb., and became part of the museum's permanent collection.
     
  • 2006 - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
    http://www.lywam.org/
    Drawing collection
     
  • 2006 - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    http://www.desertmuseum.org
    "Eye to the Sky," a commission from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Art Institute, is delivered. The painting will become part of the ASDM's "Vanishing Circles" collection.
     
  • 2007 - Bennington Center for the Arts
    http://www.benningtoncenterforthearts.org/
    “It’s Getting Late,” Anne’s image of a White-crowned Sparrow foraging in the waning moments of the day, was named the Best Painting at the Visions of American show presented by the American Academy of Women Artists. After the exhibit’s conclusion, the painting became part of the permanent collection at the Bennington Center for the Arts.
     
Publications:
  • “In the Field” (2017)
    More about “In the Field”
    Author, artist - Firsthand observation allows Anne Peyton to paint the details, textures and movements of birds with ease
    Author: Anne Peyton
    Published by: International Artist
     
  • AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture (2016)
    More about AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture
     - Page 90-91
    Published by: North Light Books
     
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 248, No. 11 (2016)
    More about Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 248, No. 11
    Cover Art - 
    Published by: American Veterinary Medical Association
     
  • AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs (2015)
    More about AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs
     - 
    Published by: North Light Books
     
  • “The Richeson 75 International - Animals, Birds and Wildlife,”  (2015)
    More about “The Richeson 75 International - Animals, Birds and Wildlife,”
     - “The Richeson 75 International - Animals, Birds and Wildlife,” December 2012, pages 61-62, 134-135

    Published by: Richeson 75 International
     
  • “Get Thee To Denver” (2014)
    More about “Get Thee To Denver”
     - "Morning Glory" featured in review article of Society of Animal Artists 54th Art and the Animal exhibition.
    Published by: Fine Art Connoisseur
     
  • “The Art of Conservation 2014” (2014)
    More about “The Art of Conservation 2014”
     - "Birds Eye View" featured on the cover of “The Art of Conservation 2014”
    Published by: Artists For Conservation
     
  • International Prize Winners (2014)
    More about International Prize Winners
     - "Morning Glory" (Trumpeter Swan) selected for 2nd Place in International Artist magazine Challenge: Wildlife.
    Published by: International Artist
     
  • A World of Birds (2014)
    More about A World of Birds
     - 
    Published by: American Art Collector
     
  • “The Richeson 75 International - Animals, Birds and Wildlife,” (2012)
    More about “The Richeson 75 International - Animals, Birds and Wildlife,”
     - “The Richeson 75 International - Animals, Birds and Wildlife,” December 2012, pages 61-62, 134-135
    Published by: Richeson 75 International
     
  • “Nature through the Artist’s Eye” (2011)
    More about “Nature through the Artist’s Eye”
     - “Nature through the Artist’s Eye"
    Cactus Wrendition, Summer 2011, page 15
    Author: Emily Morris
    Published by: Maricopa Audubon Society
     
  • “The Art of Anne Peyton” (2009)
    More about “The Art of Anne Peyton”
     - “The Art of Anne Peyton”
    DRAS Newsletter, Spring 2009, page 6
    Author: Craig Fischer
    Published by: Desert Rivers Audubon Society
     
  • Wildlife Art (2007)
     - “Birds of Prey,” Nature’s Way
    Sept/Oct issue, page 82
    Author: Anne Peyton
     
  • Southwest Art (2006)
     - “For the Birds,” April issue, page 132
    “From the Editor,” April issue, page 17
     
  • Wildlife Art (2003)
     - “Fine Feathered Friends,” Sept/Oct issue, page 70
     
  • Southwest Art (2003)
     - “Artists To Watch,” June issue, page 24
     
  • Wildlife Art (2002)
     - “Women Artists Tout Artistic Parity,” May/June issue, pages 66-67
     
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