"The eastern kingbird has been my favorite species from the time I was growing up here in the Ozarks (when I knew it as the bee martin) to the present time. It is always a thrill to see the first kingbird of spring, and I never tire of seeing and sketching them throughout spring and summer. I cannot remember a year they did not nest in my yard, and I've painted them during most of those years. This painting was inspired by a restored native-grass prairie on Missouri Department of Conservation land, called White River Trace Conservation Area, a few miles from my home."
David Plank has drawn and painted birds since the 1940s, becoming a full-time artist in 1973. He has created at least 1,200 watercolor paintings and thousands of field drawings. The Springfield Art Museum (Missouri) purchased 16 of his paintings for their permanent collection.
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.