Spring Convention at the Basin
Several trips to Hoquiam’s Bowerman Basin the 1980s inspired this painting. The scene is the in the Basin where the old bridge to what used to be Paulson Island (I think) has now become a line of old weathered pilings nearing the end of their lifespans. The magnificent spectacle of the spring shorebird migration is occuring in and around these pilings as many of the species that show up in the Basin in spring are foraging or flying–I tried to capture the dynamism of the shorebird flocks which are always on the move. The species roster is Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Red Knot and Semipalmated Plover.
Several trips to Hoquiam’s Bowerman Basin the 1980s inspired this painting.