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Rod Frederick - OUT ON A LIMB -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          OUT ON A LIMB
by Rod Frederick

$145.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1250
Image Size: 22"w x 15 1/16"h.
Published: April 1986


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One of the most interesting, if not the most beautiful, of North America's birds has to be the wood duck. The striking patterns of iridescent purples, blues and greens make the drake appear almost doll-like. Although lacking the gaudy plumage of her mate, the hen also would hardly go unnoticed. It is always exciting to see such a handsome pair of birds, especially when perched high on the mossy limb of a tree.

"Woodies" are common throughout much of North America, frequenting wooded ponds and rivers, including many city parks. In winter they are often seen in large flocks, but in early spring they begin to pair up in preparation for nesting. Wood ducks usually choose a natural hollow high in a tree; sometimes the holes are crafted by woodpeckers. When the eggs hatch the little ducklings follow their mother out of the nest, dropping several feet to the forest floor and landing unharmed on their downy bellies!


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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