Dempsey Essick is a self taught, self expressed realist watercolor artist. He is known as the Hummingbird Bird Artist; not only for the hummingbirds he paints but for the hidden hummingbirds he hides in his paintings.
The most commonplace miracles of nature, butterflies, are winged flowers that compliment the very air we breathe. A butterfly starts life as a heavy bodied caterpillar which, after ingesting a sizeable number of leaves, wraps itself in a silken cocoon and emerges a few weeks later as a feather light, wisp of color, seemingly carried on the breeze from flower to flower.
Unlike the other insects, we never shoo a butterfly away. Instead, if a butterfly chooses to alight on one's arm or shoulder, we are flattered to be chosen and hold still lest we cause the winged flower to flyaway.
Dempsey has captured a Viceroy butterfly perched on a cluster of hydrangea blossoms. The Viceroy, with subtle differences, looks a great deal like the ubiquitous Monarch and it is a challenge to learn the markings of each. In either case, butterflies, like Dempsey Essick paintings, delight the eye while adding color and beauty to our world.
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