While I was researching advances within genomic technology, I became enthralled by the progress biologists were making in the study of endangered animals. These molecular biologists had set themselves the goal of re-engineering previously extinct species and returning them to life. For example, The Flagship Project proposes to bring back the extinct Passenger Pigeon. To achieve this they would use the DNA of specimens found in natural history museums. These preserved DNA fragments would then be engineered with its closest living species, the band-tailed pigeon, to recreate a new breed that is as close as possible to the extinct bird.


I have become fascinated by the creation of new, yet familiar breeds. By combining an existing bird, and mixing it with the DNA of a painting I want to create an entirely new, and wonderful subspecies.


Aniko Erdosi writes, "On Richter Pigeon (Colomba haus sohl) the German master Gerhard Richter’s blurred 1972 landscape painting is seen blended with a pigeon, a species that has been used by humans for racing and for carrying message for centuries, including the two world wars. Roles and places are reversed. We all easily recall the image of a bird in a landscape but how often do we see the landscape being the part of the bird? The blurriness of the source image carried over with purpose."

Drexler Pigeon (Columba blued)
2022
Oil on wood panel.
16"x 16"
Malevich Pigeon (Columba suprematism)
2023
Oil on wood panel.
15" x 15"
Church Pigeon (Colomba landscape in the Adirondacks)
2022
Oil on wood panel.
18" x 14"
Friedrich Richter Dovecote
2023
Oil on single wood panel with shaped sides.
32" x 19.25"
Constable Dove (Zenaida moonlight landscape)
2022
Oil on wood panel
18 x 14"
Hilma af Klint Doves (Columba No6 adulthood,Columba No4 youth)
2022
oil on linen
32" x 18"
Constable Pigeon (Colomba the white horse)
2022
Oil on wood panel
16 x 16"
Cole Pigeon (Columba north mountain and catskill creek)
2023
oil on linen
16" x 16"
Richter Pigeon (Colomba wolke)
2022
Oil on wood panel.
16"x 16"
Bierstadt Dove (Columba sunrise in the hetch hetchy valley)
2023
Oil on wood panel.
30" x 24"
Richter Pigeon (Colomba apfelbäume)
2022
Oil on linen
18 x 14.5"
Dupré Dove (Zenaida the windmill)
2022
Oil on linen over wood panel
16"x 16"
Richter Pigeon (Colomba haus sohl)
2022
Oil on linen
16 x 13.5"