American painter and printmaker Nathan Oliveira, who sadly died this year, is one of several fascinating artists I have discovered as a result of this drawing project. He was part of The Bay Area Figurative School which abandoned abstract expression in favour of figuration. The New York Times has a slideshow of some of his works. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a video of the artist talking about the series. His last project was a series of large paintings inspired by The Windhover, a poem by Gerard Manley-Hopkins. The oil reproduced below is The Windhover IV, 1991-94.