Friday, February 19, 2010

Marine Mammal Art

Marine Mammal Artist Pieter Folkens,, will lead a weekend on Pacific Marine Mammals February 19-21 at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with such a distinguished artist.
His beautiful and accurate work, such as this poster, is credited with changing the way we view marine mammals. It illustrates field guides, textbooks and general audience publications. The accuracy and detail found in all his work comes from 35 years of field experience with animals throughout the Pacific.

A co-founder of the Alaska Whale Foundation,, he spends his summers observing humpbacks and orcas in their northern feeding grounds. His work has allowed him to identify three species, one a previously unidentified genus, of archaic whales. He has studied their bones, and written The Human Bone Manual with Tim White, the third edition of Human Osteology with Tim White and Michael Black, and important studies on bone trauma in whales caused by ship strikes. He has taught university students field sketching at UC Santa Cruz . More recently, he created life size marine mammal sculptures for all the Free Willy movies, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home., White Squall, Flipper and others.

Studying with such an experienced master is bound to inform my observations of Elephant Seals. Thank you, Pieter, for visiting Cambria.

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