The galleries of the Woodson Art Museum are now home to some of the world's finest pieces of avian artwork. But there's a story hidden in the brush strokes of this watercolor painting by Peter Elfman of Sweden.
"I like to try to let the water do the work and splash color" Elfman told Newsline 9.
The Swede has been featured at Birds In Art seven times. But last year was his first opportunity to see the exhibit in person. And he says the similarities he found between his native Sweden and Wisconsin were notable.
"Sweden has almost the same weather and the same landscape so when you're traveling around it's almost the same type of forest" Elfman said.
Feeling like home in Wisconsin, Elfman says he extended his stay for an extra five days to go bird watching. While exploring our state he hatched an idea. And it's an idea that has come to life at this year's exhibit.
Elfman's submission in this year's exhibit depicts a Green Heron using watercolor paint.
"Watercolor is quite a fast medium. You must decide before you start what you want to paint. For example that background? That has to be quick because you want it to flow."