A Windy Day at the Rookery – Sue DeLearie Adair


Graphite, 7″ x 6.5″. These two herons were part of a small rookery in South Carolina. One February I visited it on a very windy day which made the scene more interesting! My favorite part about it is the way the herons’ breeding plumes are blowing in the wind, especially the plumes on their crowns! I sprayed the paper (except for the heron parts) with a mixture of powdered graphite and water to give the background some texture and then completed the drawing with graphite pencils.

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Artist Bio:

Sue’s artwork is inspired by her love of the natural world, and all creatures great and small. She has been an avid birder for over thirty years. Sue is fascinated by everything in nature and portrays many different animals, but birds are her favorite subject and comprise the majority of her work. She features detailed subjects with simple, sometimes even stylized, backgrounds. Sue draws in various combinations of graphite, colored pencil and watercolor.

Sue grew up near Syracuse in central New York State and was fortunate to attend a public school known for excellence in art education. She also took several art courses while attending college at St. Lawrence University. Today Sue splits her time between homes in Schenectady, New York and Stony Point on Lake Ontario. From these locations she explores wonderful natural areas such as the Adirondack Mountains, Long Island beaches and the shoreline of Lake Ontario. She spends many hours in the field observing and photographing wildlife. She has traveled extensively in North America and has made several trips to the neo-tropics.

Sue’s work has been included in many prestigious national and international exhibits including Birds in Art, Art and the Animal (Society of Animal Artists) and several Miniature Art shows. She has received the Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence and her graphite and mixed media drawings have been selected for publication in five of North Light Books best of drawing series "Strokes of Genius" volumes. Sue teaches drawing classes during the summer at the Sackets Harbor and Thousand Island Arts Centers. She is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and the Colored Pencil Society of America.


Society of Animal Artists, signature member

Colored Pencil Society of America, signature member

2020 First Place, Marine, Annual International Miniature Show, Miniature Art Society of Florida

2019 Charpak Award for Distinction, Explore This 15!, Colored Pencil Society of America

2019 Best Work by a First Time Entrant, Annual International Miniature Show, Miniature Art Society of Florida

2018 Best New Artist, International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.

2013 Award of Excellence, Society of Animal Artists