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Rod Frederick - SNOWY REFLECTIONS -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Rod Frederick


Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 9 3/4"w x 13 7/8"h.
Published: October 1990

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Also called the "heron with golden slippers" because of its yellow feet, the snowy egret is more readily noticed for its gorgeous aigrettes, delicate, whispery sprays of feathers on its head, neck and back. At the turn of the century the bird's numbers were drastically reduced by hunters who sold the aigrettes to makers of fashionable hats. When there were only about 100 egrets left, wildlife societies fought for laws and hired game wardens to protect them. Today, snowy egrets have made a spectacular comeback, numbering in the thousands once more.

There are at least three different kinds of herons commonly confused with the snowy egret and even with extensive wilderness experience, it is difficult to determine the respective species.

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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