Great Horned Owl in White Pine – Signed Artist Proof Print by Robert Bateman
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Hand Signed Artist Proof 15″ x 29.75″
“Safety is not a problem for the owl. He has no real enemies except man. Security and peace are important during the day so that he will be alert for his hunting at night. The dense darkness of the pine provides the needed concealment. His bulky silhouette would show too clearly in deciduous trees, especially in winter.
The owl is not hiding from a serious enemy. He simply does not want to be seen by a crow. Crows are very communicative and they seem to find owls, especially great horned owls, utterly reprehensible. The scolding can be heard for many square miles, and soon a huge mob has gathered to shout and pester without letup. This is the easiest way for me to find an owl. I let the crows do it for me. Many times I have tramped over hill and dale to join the mob. Usually the owl sees me first and floats away with the crows following in accelerated frenzy. They have good reason to dislike great horned owls. The owls eat crows at night.
In this picture, I have shown the owl in his haughty, angry pose, as if he is staring down the contemptible crows. I wanted to achieve a sense of air and space behind the owl and to give an unstable, Oriental look to the composition with the white, empty space at the bottom.” Robert Bateman
(Great Horned Owl in White Pine – Original – 1968, 48″ x 24″ Acrylic)