"Every year, a few snowy owls winter in the Skagit Flats area near my home in Washington. One winter, snowy owls were abundant because of low lemming populations farther north. Many of the owls frequented the Skagit Flats, but several chose Whidbey Island as their hunting grounds. I took advantage of this opportunity by spending countless hours watching and photographing the owls, which frequented the driftwood-covered shoreline of Whidbey Island depicted in my painting. Immature birds, such as the one shown here, are most likely to stray farthest south in winter."
Bart Rulon has been a full-time artist since graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1990 with a degree in scientific illustration. He spends his time exploring the area surrounding his Whidbey Island studio, which overlooks Puget Sound, and taking researching trips throughout the world. From wading through tall marsh grass to paddling his sea kayak through shoreline waters, Bart's painting ideas stem from what he sees on his outdoor adventures. Rulon's work has been included in many exhibitions with the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. His work has been chosen many times for the Society of Animal Artists annual exhibition, and has been included in many publications.
A limited edition of 300 prints has been created in a horizontal format. The actual image size is 14" x 10", the matted size is 18" x 14", and the framed sized is approximately 20" x 16". Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. The full-color reproduction is printed on a neutral pH, acid-free paper.