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Rod Frederick - WAY OF THE CARIBOU -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          WAY OF THE CARIBOU
by Rod Frederick

$235.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 11 3/4"w x 15 1/2"h.
Published: April 1994


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"I took the title of this image from a Native American saying: 'No one knows the ways of the wind and the caribou.' Caribou are very mysterious animals. They are somewhat unpredictable as to where they are going to be at a particular time, just as the wind is. As the weather pattern changes, so do the caribou!"

Caribou live very far to the north and are found on all northern continents. They are called reindeer in Asia and Northern Europe. It is the same species - just different subspecies. Those picture in this suite are barren ground caribou; they live farthest north of all the caribou subspecies. There are also woodland caribou which were shown in "Woodland Crossing," Sold Out at Publisher.

This is obviously an autumn scene. In the north, autumn is not very long. Summer is short and winter comes early. In this image, you can see a light dusting of snow on the mountains.


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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