"Water Babies shows a foursome of young dippers at the age when they first emerge from the nest, facing an adult who has just landed with food. I was trying to suggest the tension between the security of the nest, not seen, but hinted at by the bit of moss just behind the bids, and the call to leave the nest's security for a world filled with tasty food items, like the one now tantalizingly before them. This is primarily an acrylic painting, although it is mixed with watercolor and a little colored pencil. I've seen, sketched, and photographed dippers in British Columbia, Colorado, California, and Costa Rica. It was a pleasure to paint them. With their plump forms, dense plumage, and engaging habits, they are among my favorite birds to portray."
Barry Kent MacKay, an artist and author, lives in Markham, Ontario, Canada. His books include How Birds Make Sound and Wrens, Thrashers, and Dippers of the World.
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.