Sandhill Crane2023. Watercolor. Kiley Busko.

“For this exhibition I chose to paint a Sandhill Crane,” said Sioux Falls artist Kiley Busko. “Sandhill Cranes are large, elegant birds that can be found throughout the plains and wetlands of North America. The first time I encountered these beautiful birds, I heard their loud trumpeting calls before even seeing them. Sandhill Cranes are also known for their dance, where courting cranes bow, stretch their wings and leap into the air with energy.”

I find inspiration for my paintings from the local wildlife I see while going on hikes and birdwatching. As much as I am inspired by the natural environment, I am also influenced by the materials I choose to work with. The diversity of watercolor paints allows for both precision and spontaneity which I choose to merge within my paintings. I use quick bold brush strokes with large fluid washes to create a sense of movement and time.  The use of negative space and abstraction in my work allows for the viewer to interpret what they are seeing. I also enjoy creating texture and depth by using salt, granulating watercolor paints and intentionally creating watercolor blooms. I am inspired by the beauty of my subjects and try to capture their unique personalities in my expressive paintings.