Art of the Eagle in the Quad Cities

It’s winter in the Quad Cities which is the time of year when visitors come to eagle watch, take eagle watching tours, and enjoy the cold weather nature of the area. Because of the abundance of eagles along the Mississippi River, there are several area artists who study the eagle and incorporate them into their work. Two of my favorite local artists have been involved in photography for many years and find eagles to be strong subjects in their work.

Heidi Johnson Brandt, Photographer

Heidi Johnson Brandt is co-owner of Boho Chic Gallery in Bucktown Center for the Arts in downtown Davenport. Both Heidi and her partner, Dee Schricker, have long used local and regional nature in their works.

Juvenile Eagle Photograph/Heidi Johnson Brandt

Heidi is known for her photographic work that captures Mississippi River scenes and water bird activity. Her photographs of eagles are strong and actively intense. Her work is both large and intimate with the feeling of strength and the sense of movement.

Eagles And Pelicans By The Lock And Dam/ Heidi Johnson Brandt
Calendar Cover/Heidi Johnson Brandt

Being active in the community by both marketing and planning events, Heidi has won an award for her work in the community on the Quad Cities River Action calendar, Art Meets The River. The proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit the non-profit organization, River Action.

Dave Sorensen, Photographer

Photographer, David Sorensen, has a home studio and has long been using area nature in his work. His sensitivity to his subject is rhythmic and painterly. He told me, “Photographing these great birds presents a challenge to my 77 year-old reflexes and allows me to investigate locales along the river that I’ve never been to before”.

Eagle Photograph/ Dave Sorensen


Eagle In Flight/ Dave Sorensen

When you are visiting the area, consider supporting local artists by purchasing a piece of art that speaks to the beauty of the Quad Cities and the eagles that soar above us.

Eagles/Dave Sorensen

Heidi Johnson Brandt

Boho Chic Fine Art Gallery at Bucktown Center for the Arts,

225 East 2nd Street, Davenport, IA  52801 – 563-381-1707 or


Dave Sorensen,

or message him via his Facebook page.



About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and computer generated design including Photoshop. She has retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. She also has her own design and studio company. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts, and supporting art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area.

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