The Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They are a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.
Jaci Fischer, originally of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was exposed to art from very early on--watching her father, Fred G. Fischer, who was an artist and art teacher. He painted, carved wood and leather, made jewelry, pottery and drew portraits. He also built a house, garages and a very large rocking horse for his daughter. All that certainly helped direct her future as an artist. She received her BFA at the University of Northern Colorado and went on to earn her MFA in drawing and design at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduate school she was juried into the First and Second Colorado Biennial Art Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
In addition to her plein aire and portraits, Jaci has recently launched a large series of contemporary silver and mixed stone jewelry. The styles are hand constructed silver of animal images.