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.
“This is surely the most unusual project I’ve ever done, “ commented Welcome Artist Dempsey Essick, referring to his fall print entitled ‘Grandfather’s Four Seasons’.
Dempsey’s latest release presents a unique concept in the world of art and of birding as he has captured the single limb of an apple tree as it extends through the four seasons.
‘Spring’ with its bluebirds and apple blossoms give way to a ‘Summer’ robin and her chicks amidst the young apples. ‘Fall’ brings Black Capped Chickadees frolicking among the apples that are ready for harvest while a pair of cardinals on a snowy branch represent ‘Winter.’
Since each of the four scenes occupies space along the same tree limb, the always innovative Dempsey plans to offer a choice of either a single print which combines each of the four seasons in a beautiful panorama or as two pairs of deckled prints which present an unusual and striking view as well.
"Spring" and "Summer" are a pair as well as "Fall" and "Winter". The issue price on each pair is $120 and $150 for the single large print.
The view of Grandfather Mountain is near Foscoe, NC where the artist enjoys fly fishing and camping.
As it is Dempsey’s custom to include the rebus image of a hummingbird in his paintings, please note there is a hidden hummer in each season.
“I found the idea of painting four different birds in four different seasons intriguing and I had thought about it for a long time. I’d also wanted to do something with Grandfather’s Mountain so when I found this view of an orchard near Foscoe, NC it was the perfect setting for combining the two ideas.”
“As you may well know the bluebird is my favorite bird. Bluebirds don’t migrate, they stay with you year round, and they are loyal friends but these other birds are close to my heart as well. This is the first time I’ve included a robin in a print and it was a joy to paint her chicks. The chickadees are among my favorite songbirds as I love to watch them as they flick about my feeding station in late evening. And as for cardinals... during the long winter months when I’m painting, they have kept me company outside my studio window.”
“ When you look at this print may you be reminded that you can bird watch year round. Birding never goes out of season. Regardless of when or where you are, the birds are there.”