Oklahoma artist Debby Kaspari visited Andrews Forest for 10 days in summer 2012 as our first designated Artist in Residence. She produced a series of pastels, notebook sketches, photographs of her field easel and subject matter, and blog postings. She had been a Bullard Fellow at Harvard Forest, creating many images in that landscape noted for land use legacies etched in stone, such as stone walls, grindstones, and cellar holes from the long-past agricultural history of that archetype New England landscape. Land use legacies in Andrews Forest are in part etched in big wood – cull logs and stumps of old-growth trees in sites logged a half-century ago. Birds and natural wood structures, such as sheared off tree boles and fallen logs in streams, also caught her eye. A photo depicts her studio – the forest itself.
About the Artist
Debby Kaspari is an illustrator and artist of birds, animals and landscapes, mixing scientific illustration with more personal works in mixed media.
Kaspari first began drawing and painting the rainforest on a trip to Trinidad in the 1980s. She fell in love with the lush exotic landscape and made many subsequent trips to the tropics, including sites in Panama and Costa Rica. She is a member of Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation, The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.
In 2011, Kaspari was the recipient of the Harvard Forest Bullard Fellowship, where she pursued studies of the ecology and history of the New England landscape. Her paintings have been exhibited in Birds in Art (Woodson Museum), Art of the Animal Kingdom (Bennington Center for the Arts) and the Society of Animal Artists’ Art and the Animal. Kaspari’s illustration work includes the forthcoming Field Guide to Birds of Trinidad and Tobago (Cornell University Press), paleo-‐reconstructions for the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and numerous covers and illustrations for Bird Watcher’s Digest. As an Eckelberry Fellow, Kaspari drew birds and plants in the Peruvian Amazon for her 2010 installation, “Drawing the Motmot” at SNOMNH.
Debby Kaspari lives in Norman, Oklahoma with her husband, OU professor and 2008 Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow, Mike Kaspari.
Find out more about Debby Kaspari’s work: drawingthemotmot.com