The Woodson Art Museum in Wausau is now home to one of the world's finest collections of art depicting avian wildlife.
It's all thanks to the annual exhibit of Birds in Art at the Woodson, 700 North Twelfth Street, Wausau.
And though the exhibit's artists use different tools when making their work, they share something else beyond their admiration of birds. Passion and enthusiasm.
Carving, painting and pressing constitutes the medium of choice for artist Andrea Rich. The California-based artist works in the field of woodcut. It's a process where sketches turn into wood carvings and after layers of paint, museum-worthy masterpieces.
"The printing is the hard work. You've got to be precise and get it just right and consistent," Rich told Newsline 9.
Colorful precision in her work reveals a vibrant result, and offers a striking contrast to the black and white designs of Terry Miller.
"If you know how to look at a black and white work, you can see the color in it," Miller said.
Miller uses one tool in his creation process. Pencil. Erasers just don't fit his style.
"I very seldom use them," he said. "I discovered my technical style with a pencil was to work away from white areas as opposed to erasing the white areas," Miller said.
Wisconsin-based sculpture artist Don Rambadt uses metal to express his artistic expressions.
Rambadt's contribution to the exhibit is a steel songbird built on a simple base. It's an eye-catching figure as visitors enter the Woodson's gallery.
"The bird itself is a combination of stainless steel, and the black areas are steel," Rambadt said.
Though these three artists work in completely different fields, their shared sense of optimistic passion and enthusiasm is inspiring.
"Working in welded metal, for me it's the perfect medium," Rambadt said.
And to those considering a career in the arts, these artists' words of advice are clear.
"Practice, practice, practice. Because that's they way you develop a talent you are born with," Miller said.
"Just go for it, every artist is self-taught. Don't wait for a class. Just follow your dream," Rich said smiling.
Birds in Art is on display at the Woodson Art Museum through Nov. 10th. For more information, follow this link.