Actual size


The goldfinch is one of America's favorite little birds. It visits our backyard feeders throughout the year, but mainly in the winter months when food can be scarce. Come summer, they prefer to feed on weeds, dandelions and especially, thistle. During the warm weather and breeding season, the male is brilliantly colored in yellow, contrasted by rich velvety black areas on his wings and head. To exaggerate his color, I placed him among the purple blooms of nodding thistle and used a low golden light to separate the subjects from the understated painterly background.

Goldfinch & Nodding Thistle
Image: 2" x 1 5/8"
Frame: 7 1/4" x 6 3/4"
Private collection

Won 1st Place for Avian category at the Cider Painters of America Miniature Show
December 2002