Molly Hashimoto - Birds of the West

Encourages birders and artists alike to really see the birds around us, in all their varied, often vivid colors, textures, and feathers 

  • Unique gift book celebrates more than 80 iconic Western birds
  • Author is an award-winning nature artist and art teacher
  • Explores habitats: suburban backyards, alpine heights, shorelines, and more

Birds accompany us in our daily lives with their songs, flashes of bright color, and energetic activity. Even people who don’t consider themselves birders notice them; from urban wetlands to wilderness trails, we follow the sound of a distant twitter or song.

Award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto captures birds through different media, from quick sketches with pen and wash to more carefully planned block prints. Each medium has a unique way of revealing different avian qualities--elegant lines or imposing silhouettes, a delicate bill or brilliant plumage. In Birds of the West, Molly shares this range of artwork as a way to encourage readers, whether artists or not, to observe more closely the feathered friends around us. Through her art and words, she explores specific Western habitats providing the natural histories of birds typically found in each, as well as intimate personal encounters and inspiring passages from others. And she teaches painting, drawing, and printmaking methods throughout the book with technique sidebars designed for all levels of experience.

Molly Hashimoto is dedicated to connecting people of all ages to nature through hands-on art experiences. She teaches and leads plein air watercolor workshops around the West, including at the North Cascades Institute, Yellowstone Forever Institute, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Molly lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit her online at

Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680511505
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Skipstone Press - April 9th, 2019

Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680510973
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Mountaineers Books - August 1st, 2017