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Rod Frederick - SHADOWS OF DUSK -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          SHADOWS OF DUSK
by Rod Frederick

$165.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 28 1/2"w x 15"h.
Published: July 1993


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The great gray owl is a rare northern owl who hunts the dense evergreen forest of southern Canada and the northern United States. With a wing-span of fifty-four to sixty inches and a height of twenty-four to thirty inches, the great gray is the largest North American owl in size, although not in weight.

Great grays are distinguished by their yellow eyes, puffy head and the concentric circles of its facial disks. Like other northern owls, such as the snowy and short-eared, great grays do some daytime hunting. Their silent flight makes them wraithlike even in daylight. They prey on mice, voles, chipmunks and other small mammals.

Man has killed so many of these great grays that they have become scarce. Today they are protected along with other birds of prey and their numbers are increasing. Still, it is rare, and always exciting, to spot even one of them. This pair was in the Cascade Mountains, hunting in a forest of ponderosa pine and juniper.


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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