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Rod Frederick - FROM TIMBER´S EDGE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Rod Frederick


Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 27 3/4"w x 15"h.
Published: April 1984

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For centuries the wolf has been much maligned and misunderstood. Only recently have extensive studies changed people's attitudes towards this beautiful creature.

The Gray (or timber) wolf, one of several sub-species of "Canis lupus," is recognized as a highly intelligent animal, with a complex social structure. Most live and travel in packs consisting of several family members and a leader. The leader, generally referred to as the alpha wolf, is usually a large, dominant male who not only leads the pack in hunts and confrontations, but also gets first choice of food and a mate. Having incredible endurance, the wolves are almost constantly on the move.

In this painting, a pack of gray wolves, led by the alpha wolf, emerges from the forest. They pause and wait while their leader, relying on his keen senses of smell and hearing, ventures toward the river to scan the area for movement and stake out their direction. Perhaps the others will also emerge "From Timber's Edge."

Rod Frederick
The serene outdoors seem at odds with the wild and crazy character of this artist, who is as famous for his paintings as he is for his sense of humor and gaudy shirts! If seen on his constant excursions into the wilds, many a collector would tell of an eccentric pirate come to life, only this swashbuckling, seemingly fearless explorer was more anxious to gain and share the treasure of knowledge rather than riches. "I grew up in a house full of pets," he says. "My mom had a degree in fine arts and although my dad was a lawyer, he was a weekend painter." So his love of animals and art was sown early (also inspired when he received a gift of Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds) and he attended Willamette University with a major in art and a minor in biology. "So I could know my subjects outside and in," he says. He put that education to good use as he embarked on a fine art career that would allow him to do what he enjoyed most; explore and learn. Frederick built his house in the middle of the Oregon wilderness and filled it with birds and animals. He’s hiked and camped in mountains and forests throughout the northwest U.S., Central America and East Africa. He knows the lakes and mountains as well as he knows the plains and deserts, not to mention almost all the creatures who live there, from the smallest bird to the largest elephant. And he will paint them on whatever size canvas suits them best. In addition to his peaceful views of animals in their natural habitats, he is also known for his paintings’ many different sizes and shapes—each chosen to best suit his perfectly balanced images of wildlife and wilderness.


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