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Mort Solberg - SEA OTTERS -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          SEA OTTERS
by Mort Solberg

$145.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1250
Image Size: 22"w x 14 7/8"h.
Published: November 1982


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The California sea otter is the smallest marine mammal and it is making a tenuous comeback from near extinction with the help of volunteer groups like "Friends of the Sea Otter," headquartered in Carmel. As with all wildlife, the California sea otter needs man's help to survive.

The California sea otter spends virtually its entire life in the water - eating, sleeping, playing and giving birth to its young. There are only an estimated 1500 of them - and they are found only in a 200-mile stretch of the central California coast. The otter is entertaining to all who have the opportunity to watch. Hours are spent rolling in the kelp, feeding, cleaning and grooming their pups and themselves.

The otters feed by breaking open shells with rocks that they place on their chests. Crabs, sea urchins, shell fish and crustaceans make up a good portion of their diet.


Mort Solberg
Solberg adds, "To paint what you see is one thing but to feel what you see and to be able to paint that impression is something else again." The artist has created a distinctive, timeless style by contrasting loose and flowing forms with sharp edges and tight definition. His interest in art began early and he pursued it through the years at the West Technical High School and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Following graduation, Solberg entered the world of commercial art, first working at an art studio, then for American Greetings. He was content to work successfully in that field until a job as art director for another card copy brought him west. There he was inspired to explore photography, eventually returning to painting with a new point of view and a vital new approach. The result has been art that has been lauded across the continent. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art and the American Bicentennial Gallery, among others. His honors include a purchase award from the National Watercolor Society’s top award, and an award of merit from the Society of Animal Artists. Solberg is a member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. The result is also art that has been lauded across the continent. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art and the American Bicentennial Gallery, among others.

 

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