In 2010, Michael Knutson returned to his hometown in Washington to care for his ailing mother.  After nearly twenty years of painting and writing, Knutson rented a studio downtown and wandered the Olympic Penninsula.  Patrick Taylor, a friend from the art house days, came to visit and film him in his studio.   Michael's months and months had been spent walking the long beaches and endless trails of his childhood, a Victorian township.  In preparing for his 20th anniversary, Knutson began painting imaginary birds that were inside the stones and rocks that he had collected.  These new pieces were both eerie and beautiful and collectors began snatching up the new work.  The economy it seemed, had recovered enough to stabilize the art world.  Knutson's darkest days were over.  He had a daughter, Charlie Anna, and was back to painting and writing prolifically. 

Bramble, Sketches for a Lost Coast

Bramble, Sketches for a Lost Coast

72"x96" acrylic on panel $10,000 Sold

Bramble Bird

Bramble Bird

63" x 50" acrylic on canvas $3,200

Madronas, night landscape

Madronas, night landscape

40"x60" acrylic on canvas $5,200 sold

Chetzamoka Park

Chetzamoka Park

36" x 30" acrylic on canvas $2,400 sold

Americana

Americana

44"x60" acrylic on canvas $5,400 sold

Yellow Agate Bird

Yellow Agate Bird

36" x 24" acrylic on canvas $3,200

Green Agate Bird

Green Agate Bird

24" x 30" acrylic on canvas 2,200 sold

Hummingbird (detail)

Hummingbird (detail)

40"x36" acrylic on canvas $2,200