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Stephen Lyman - Among the Wild Brambles -  ANNIVERSARY CANVAS EDITION Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          Among the Wild Brambles
by Stephen Lyman

$495.00

ANNIVERSARY CANVAS EDITION
Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 11"w x 40"h.
Published: June 2012


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Stephen Lyman’s "Among the Wild Brambles" is striking, vertical and oversized. At 40" tall and 11" wide, this exceptional piece of wildlife art is the perfect fit for that unique and hard to fill space found in every home. More importantly, the design and execution of this uncommonly shaped image is by one of the finest wilderness painters of our time.

Lyman’s passion for the wilderness touched “all things great and small.” He would put as much energy into the creation of a sweeping Yosemite sunset landscape as he would a hummingbird hovering over a cone-laden branch of a pine tree. "Among the Wild Brambles" is no exception.

The unique call, “Killy, Killy, Killy” of the sparrow hawk (or kestrel) can be heard over field and pastures of much of North America. As it makes it cry, this graceful raptor can hover nearly motionless in the air, displaying delicate white and brown stripes on its underwing. The kestrel is the lightest and smallest of hawks, averaging only eleven inches long. It easily perches upon telephone wires to rest, while its heavier cousins must content them-selves with sitting atop sturdier telephone poles or fence posts.

In "Among the Wild Brambles," the sparrow hawk is in a characteristic pose. Having ruffled its feathers, it takes its watch on a convenient branch within close range of its prey, which is hiding somewhere in the dried grasses and blackberry brambles below, a glimpse at one of nature’s most sociable and spirited birds.




Stephen Lyman
“He paints the wilderness with a knowledge and genuineness that can only be expressed by someone who has ‘been there’.” – Bev Doolittle Through Lyman’s art, you can travel into a wilderness very few have experienced. You can share the sensation of being in the true outdoors – exploring, discovering, studying and enjoying the all-encompassing beauty of unspoiled nature. Stephen Lyman was an explorer who specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature. His inspiring work was inspired, in turn, by the writing and teachings of famous naturalist John Muir. “Muir wrote, ‘Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,’” Lyman said. “I know exactly what he meant.” Lyman’s love of the great outdoors stemmed from a childhood spent in the Pacific Northwest, where hiking in Snake River country was a regular family ritual. Lyman’s desire to share his admiration for the outdoors was strong, but he enrolled in the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, to learn more about the commercial art field. He started his career as a commercial illustrator in Los Angeles and soon realized that the call of the wild was stronger than the lure of the city. Returning to Idaho, he spent two years exploring and developing his own style of painting. He continued to discover the wonders of the natural world and of living a natural lifestyle. “All my paintings have their origins in my experience and perception of beauty in the wilderness,” he said. Lyman’s first limited edition print was published by The Greenwich Workshop in 1983. In subsequent years, he was a frequent participant in the prestigious international “Birds in Art” show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He was invited to be “Artist of the Year” at the 1991 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show and then received the rare honor of being invited back as an “Encore Artist” at the 1995 event. Stephen Lyman actively shared the wonder of the natural world with a legion of collectors until his untimely death in 1996. He had been recently named one of the top artists in the country by U.S. Art magazine and his book, Into the Wilderness: An Artist’s Journey, was published to unanimous acclaim in the autumn of 1995.

 

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