"This painting was done working with colors on top of acrylics. I was trying to suggest a mood of loneliness, even despair, with the low angle and flat, tundra horizon to suggest distance and the somber sky to slightly darken the mood. But at the same time, the painting is ultimately optimistic, showing two birds facing each other, with the obvious implication that there is hope for a future generation. A pair of Eskimo curlews have found each other and are shown at that first, tentative moment when they are uncertain of each other's gender or status."
Canadian naturalist Barry Kent MacKay is a wildlife artist, writer, humanitarian, and conservationist. He writes a weekly nature column for The Toronto Star, and is the author and illustrator of the Birdwatcher's Companion. He has worked extensively on wildlife protection, particularly involving wildlife in international trade, and is experienced in wildlife rehabilitation, bird banding, and other hands-on work with live birds.
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.
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