Marshfield artist Karie O’Donnell has been enthralled by the beauty of birds for as long as she can remember. She studied architecture, graphic design, photography and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art, but always found time to draw birds. She has become known for her intricate depictions of geese, gulls, hawks and herons. A collection of her oil paintings and graphite drawings is currently being shown at the Duxbury Art Complex Museum in the exhibit “Every Bird Has a Story.”
O’Donnell finds her painting subjects while exploring the South Shore. Her work “Patrolling Fort Warren” was inspired by Fort Warren on George’s Island in Boston Harbor.
“I have an affinity for historic architecture and the birds living within it,” says O’Donnell. “I adore every part of the journey—photographing, sketching and studying them. I relish capturing a bird’s feathery details that otherwise go unnoticed. The ultimate challenge is to bring a bird to life under my pencil or brush. It’s rewarding when others see my work and feel a connection to nature and themselves.”
O’Donnell’s exhibit opened on May 20 and runs through August 12. Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury. More info