"When this project began, I immediately recalled the aging stone field fences of rural New England that are now in various states of disrepair. Today the old rock walls look as much like natural out-croppings as human-made structures. Our subject, the confiding and charismatic red-bellied woodpecker is familiar to all of us birders in the East. The painting's setting is the rolling farm country of upstate New York. I particularly enjoy overcast skies on snowy landscapes with that strange but generous light that emanates from all directions."
Alan Messer is a founding member of housewren.com, a partnership of artists and photographers dedicated to the conservation of nature. Mr. Messer's works have been shown at The Cape May Bird Observatory, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, and the Lincoln Center in New York City. His illustrations have appeared in numerous books, field guides, and periodicals. Alan lives in New York City's Borough of Manhattan with a semi-domestic alley cat, Georgie.
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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