Acrylic Paintings on Wasp Nest Paper
by John P. Finley
Acrylic Grizzly Bear on Wasp Nest Paper 6 7/8 X 5 7/8
"Looking For Yampa"
6 7/8 X 5 7/8 2009
Available at Silver Sage Gallery


a line of horse tracks





A naturally made wood fiber paper forms the base for these unusual acrylic paintings. The paper is taken from nests built by several different types of social wasps of the Vespidae species, such as the yellowjacket, the paper wasp and the ball-faced hornet (which is actually not a hornet, but a wasp). A new wasp colony nest is begun each spring by a queen wasp and is enlarged throughout the summer by other members of the colony. In the fall, as the weather cools, the nests are abandoned when young queen wasps go into hibernation and the other wasps leave the nest or die. This is the time to go looking for wasp nest paper, when the wasps have gone or have died and before hungry birds start to dismantle the nests. John is often able to find remnants of the nests in trees or on buildings near his home. The paper is completely natural, with a bit of artist's spray adhesive being perhaps the only material added before a painting is begun.



Acrylic Painting Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ram on Wasp Nest Paper 8 X 9

"Bighorn Ram"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
8 X 9   2013
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Acrylic Painting of Mountain Lion on Wasp Nest Paper 5 X 7

"Yonder Look"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 X 7   2013
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Acrylic Painting Buffalo on Wasp Nest Paper 8 X 9

"Buffalo"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
8 X 9   2011
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Silver Sage Gallery
Acrylic Painting Grizzly Bear and Cubs on Wasp Nest Paper 6 X 7

"Walk This Way"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
6 X 7   2011
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Silver Sage Gallery
Acrylic Painting Antelope on Wasp Nest Paper 8 X 9

"High Ground"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
8 X 9   2011
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Silver Sage Gallery

Acrylic Painting Polar Bear on Wasp Nest Paper 5 X 5


"Blue Moon"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 X 5   2009



Acrylic Painting Bobcat on Wasp Nest Paper 6 X 5

"Sneaking"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
6 X 5   2009
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Acrylic Painting Grizzly Bear on Wasp Nest Paper 9 X 7


"Pale Moon Rising"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
9 X 7   2008
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Acrylic Painting Cougar on Wasp Nest Paper 7 X 7

"Cougar"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
7 X 7   2009
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Acrylic Painting Antelope on Wasp Nest Paper 5 1/2 X 6 1/2

"Buckhorn"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 1/2 X 6 1/2   2009
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Acrylic Painting Bighorn Ram on Wasp Paper 7 X 6

"Rocky Mountain Ram"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
7 X 6   2009
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Acrylic Painting Mule Deer Buck on Wasp Nest Paper 5 X 7



"Mule Deer Buck"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 X 7   2008
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Acrylic Painting Meadowlark on Wasp Nest Paper 5 X 5


"Meadowlark"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 X 5   2005
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Acrylic Painting Bull Elk on Wasp Nest Paper 5 X 5


"Elk"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 X 5   2005
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Acrylic Painting Bighorn Ram on Wasp Nest Paper 5 X 5

"Bighorn Ram"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 x 5   2006
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Acrylic Painting Stagecoach on Wasp Nest Paper 4 X 6

"Stagecoach"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
4 X 6   2008
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Acrylic Painting Grizzly Bear on Wasp Paper 5 X 5


"Grizzly"

Acrylic on Wasp Nest Paper
5 x 5   2007
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line of barbed wire





Contact the Artist: John P. Finley, 1144 East Fork Road, Dubois, WY 82513
E-mail: artist@johnpfinley.com




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