David Tomb is a San Francisco artist who, as a youth, loved birding. He has worked as a successful portrait artist, and after 20 years of painting people, he has artistically circled back to his first love: birds.
Tomb spends hours in the field, in habitat, finding and looking at birds. He combines that with research at ornithology departments like Cal Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and the Museum of Natural History in New York.
His most recent work of endemic birds from the Philippines, has taken the form of collage and assembled papers with some 3-dimensional elements. The life-size bird images, live plant installations and sound loops used in his exhibitions, help transport the viewer into another world.
In 2009, he cofounded Jeepney Projects Worldwide - Art for Conservation. Jeepney partners with conservation groups to raise awareness and funds for specific projects. Their main goal is conservation; their current project is to help save the Philippine Eagle from extinction and to foster conservation for its habitat.