For natural history artist Alex Warnick, birds and art have always gone hand-in-hand. As a birder and artist, she is fascinated by the aesthetics of birds. With her paintings, Warnick explores the interactions between the shapes, colors, and patterns of birds and their environments, inviting viewers to appreciate the uniqueness of each avian subject.
As RTPI’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Warnick spent a week in the spring of 2022 immersed in the Peterson collection. Alex Warnick: The Art of Observation features works that Warnick created based on her research of the Peterson collection, as well as her insights into Peterson’s work and career. By studying the context behind Peterson’s field guide art, Warnick reflects on the role of art in helping us better connect with nature.
Alex Warnick graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BA in integrated studio art. She has received the Eckelberry Endowment from the Academy of Natural Sciences from Drexel University, and her art has been featured on the covers of Bird Watcher’s Digest and the Birder’s Guide, published by the American Birding Association.