“This is his homestead now,” said Kiehm. “He’s sort of the new tenant in a lot of ways.”
Kiehm said that while he’d seen and sketched both the owl and the foundation, the painting’s composition wasn’t derived from any one sighting.
“You never see like (a) perfect set up,” he said.
Kiehm’s prize for winning was to have “Foundation Wall” exhibited at the annual exhibition of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS), which was held this year from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. The MIWAS exhibition bills itself as the largest annual exhibition of wildlife art in Europe.
“Foundation Wall” is also featured in the September 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife.
“Foundation Wall” is currently for sale, and still in Europe, but Kiehm says there’s a part of him that doesn’t want to sell it.
“If anything, this is going to make me branch out more,” said Kiehm, on how the award will affect the business side of his art. “It’s a shot in the arm.”
Kiehm says that he sells around 15 large paintings a year, which generally go in the $2,000-$5,000 range. Additionally, he sells smaller watercolors and prints.
“A big part of the business is in prints,” he said.
Most of Kiehm’s business is through galleries, but he said he sometimes does commission work.
“Commissions are certainly welcome,” he said.
Kiehm has almost finished building a studio on his property, the construction of which contributed to his decision not to attend the MIWAS exhibition. He said he expects the studio to be finished in two weeks.
When asked what he would say to a kid who wants to pursue a career in art, Kiehm had some very specific advice.
“You have to draw all the time,” said Kiehm. “That’s your head thinking through your hands. Draw, draw, draw.”