Hairy Woodpecker On Birch


Hairy Woodpecker On Birch by Robert Bateman

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Hairy Woodpecker On Birch – 11-7/8 x 17; Offset Paper; Edition Size 4500; $110.00 U.S.

“Is it a Hairy or a Downy?” I couldn’t count all of the times I’ve asked myself that
question. It probably started, in my case, at the age of 12, the year I had my first
bird list. This question is the beginning of seeing the world as a birder sees it. Does
the bird seem to have a sort of heavy bill or a more petite bill. Is it more like
9.5 or 6.5″?These are judgement calls . One could say that many things in life
are judgement calls. After some experience, one just gets the feel of the distinction.
The Hairy woodpecker is bigger both in size and in relative bill size. He is also
“bigger” in the sharp call. To be sure, it is always best to get a glimpse of the
outer tail feathers. The Hairy has clear, white feathers while the Downy has a
few black marks. I tell all of this because my strong belief that being a birder
is good for one’s powers of observation. Paying attention to particularity in nature
is a good thing in my opinion. And birds are a good place to start.The white birch
caught my eye because of the flourishing curls of peeling bark. These trees are not
only a part of the natural world of my childhood, they hold the fascinating
connection as a useful resource material for birch bark canoes and other
utensils of our native peoples.”
Robert Bateman


Robert Bateman has been called the most famous living artist. He continues to paint and tour the world to promote conservation and preservation of nature. We have represented Robert Bateman for decades and are now the sole publisher and distributor of his reproductions. We are so honored to work with him and witness his success. He has made such a massive contribution to the art world and the natural world as an artist and educator of the earth’s most important resources.

Nature as a subject is becoming more and more popular as our environment is in peril. What better subject is there than the beautiful creatures we share this world with? Robert Bateman’s appreciation and understanding of nature are apparent in his paintings. He is able to paint flora and fauna the way your eye would perceive it in real life. It is important that the animal takes full attention. The background becomes muted, and therefore it doesn’t take too much focus away from the subject. His paintings seem effortless and masterful all at once.

Bateman’s eye for composition is unparalleled. Each painting is a composed like a symphony, leading the eye to wander. From the backyards of North America to the sprawling plains of Africa. Robert Bateman captures nature the way it should be enjoyed. Above all he is a champion of wildlife. For this reason he has become a household name for art collectors.