Art Gallery

Fox Sparrow, ink on scratchboard, copyright David Sibley

Painted Redstart and Bridled Titmouse, gouache on Bristol Board. copyright 2012 David Sibley.

A large selection of my original artwork is available in the shop. If you would like to be notified of new work for sale, just sign up for my newsletter and select art sales as one of your interests.

Commissioned Paintings

I am currently offering commissioned paintings of the bird of your choice. Click for examples and more info.

Please contact me with any questions about commissions or older work.


Prints of several of my paintings are available. See Prints for sale for more info about these.


How to Draw Birds: In fall 2009 I stopped in at the offices of in Seattle, Washington, where I met a couple of young birder/artists and talked about drawing birds. Several short videos from that afternoon are now posted here.

How I paint: Most of my bird paintings are done in gouache (opaque watercolor) on Strathmore Bristol Board, and over the years I’ve developed a style involving transparent/translucent layers of paint to represent the colors and textures of birds. A slideshow showing one painting from start to finish can be found at this post.


  1. Rick Volkmar says

    Shoot – I must be doing something wrong. I can find no site listed
    as “sibleyart” and this so-called gallery is very disappointing. Not
    only are there just a smattering of examples, but they are too small
    to get any idea of their quality. Considering the spectacular wealth
    of paintings in the Sibley Guide, I don’t get this site. I’ve been
    painting birds for sixty years and I love your opaque wc works, and
    am even emulating the technique with oil on paper, but this is just
    a major-league bummer. Regards, Rick

    • says

      Thanks for the comments. I’ve been working on a number of things to post here, and just got one of them up. I hope to have a few more essays, and a sampler of my work, posted in the next month or two.

  2. KIM says

    To whom it may concern

    Iam trying to find out the first book you published, i think it was like 200 pages or something.

  3. Sandra Kelly says

    Click on the picture thumbnails and they will enlarge for you to view. Very nice work..Sandi

  4. Matt Fullerton says

    Mr. Sibley:
    I would like to create a poster for educational purposes titled “Extinct Birds of Oklahoma”. My thought was to have illustrations of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Carolina Parakeet, and Passenger Pigeon, with general historic range maps. The poster would be displayed at various educational events that I assist with (I am a biologist with the state of Oklahoma). Would it be possible to pay to use some jpeg images (or similar format) of some of your previous illustrations (I.e. Ivory billed woodpecker) to use for the poster? Your artwork is incredible and I have always been a frequent user of your field guides. I would also gladly give you credit on the poster itself.

    Thank you and regards,
    Matt Fullerton

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