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Daniel Smith - Cowbird Companions -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Cowbird Companions
by Daniel Smith

Original Retail Price $345.00

Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 16"w x 16"h.
Published: September 2012

Limited quantities available

Congratulations to artist Daniel Smith who is in the middle of another active and productive year! "Western Art & Architecture" included Daniel and his son, Adam, in their feature story “The Ties that Bind” in the February/March issue and "Western Art Collector" wrote about the artist’s trip to Alaska’s Katmai National Preserve and the cover featured his bear and salmon painting, "Shore Lunch." Daniel returns to the Quest for the West Art Show at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis in September, followed by the 25th Annual Western Visions Miniatures and More Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole in September.

"Cowbird Companions" is an imposing yet playful portrait of the majestic American bison. His massive shoulders provide a temporary resting perch for the nearly constant companion, the cowbird.

In a symbiotic relationship, cowbirds followed herds of bison through grassland to catch and eat the insects that were stirred up from the animal’s feet. Thus cowbirds were originally called buffalo birds by early trail herders and cowboys but after the bison herds were decimated, the name “cowbird” was adapted. The nomadic life of the herd prevents cowbirds from building nests and nurturing their young so they evolved into parasitic brooders, depositing their eggs in any available nest built by other species.

The bison is a symbol of North America’s Native American heritage. In 1991 delegates from 19 native American tribes formed the Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative (ITBC) whose goals is to restore the bison to millions of acres of tribal lands — and to a central place in tribal life. “To reestablish healthy buffalo populations on tribal lands is to reestablish hope for Indian people,” said Fred DuBray, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux.

Give this Fine Art Edition by the masterful wildlife artist, Daniel Smith, a place of honor in your home or office.

Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith, one of America’s foremost wildlife artists, enjoys wide acclaim for his depictions of the natural world. He is inspired by his surroundings in southwest Montana and paints from personal experience. He also has had a lifetime fascination with Africa and travels there frequently seeking artistic inspiration. Daniel has been painting fulltime for over twenty years. His works are in the permanent collection of The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and The Wildlife Experience. Daniel participates annually in the Masters of the American West exhibit at the Autry National Center and the Western Visions exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. He has won numerous awards from The Society of Animal Artists as well as being chosen as “Artist of the Year” for several conservation organizations. Throughout his career Smith has used his art to aid and endorse many conservation efforts. He feels indebted to the natural world that has been the sole inspiration for his award winning career.


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