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Although Wayne is of Chinese descent, his work shows a strong Japanese influence. The wild rose hips and snowberries are from our laneway. Vermeer was present in my psyche while I did this piece. The light comes from the window. My challenge was to show the crinkles in the scroll in that oblique light. I recalled Vermeer’s The Art of Painting with its crinkled map on the wall. indd 59 10/06/02 3:20 PM P redators and prey have always fascinated people, perhaps because of our ancestry as hunter-gatherers.
I tried to capture that. The hawk’s underparts are nearly the same color as the thrush’s, an orangey-salmon pink, and its back is similar in color; it made a nice unit. I played with the shapes of the little snow patches and mossy rocks in the setting and brought in those abstract qualities. Most predators are also scavengers—they are opportunists. Bald eagles and ravens hunt and kill for food but they will also feast on a deer that has died from a fall or from winter stress. Cheetahs are an exception.
Indd 48 10/06/02 3:18 PM o riental art has always touched my soul. Many of my paintings and drawings were inspired, at least in part, by the art and calligraphy of Japan. This influence is evident in paintings like Black-crowned Night Heron Pair, which also contains echoes of James McNeill Whistler, and Serengeti Dusk—White Storks. The idea for Serengeti Dusk grew from an evening in the Serengeti when my wife, Birgit, and I stayed out after sunset with our guide, watching a couple of lions. The landscape was dark, but the sky was glowing gold when we returned to camp.
Bateman: New Works by Robert Bateman