High Bush Cranberries Cardinal
(9 x 13-1/2; Offset Paper; Edition Size 950; $99.00 U.S.) (12 x 18; Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 350; $475.00 U.S.)
“As a boy growing up in Ontario, a cardinal was a rare and special sighting. The cardinal is basically a southern bird that doesn’t migrate, but it’s range began extending northward in the 20th century. Because it is such a delightful addition to people’s backyards with it’s cheerful whistle and spectacular plumage in the male, folks began feeding it, especially in the wintertime. The more people fed it, the more cardinals survived the winter and were encouraged to stay, and so a symbiotic relationship developed between cardinals and bird lovers. However, even though the range has extended well beyond my boyhood haunts, the cardinal has not made it over the Rockies to the West Coast where I am now living. I do miss it and look forward to my visits back East.
The highbush cranberry has a wide range, found growing across North America from B.C. to Newfoundland and into the northern United States. Birds feed upon it, but since I see the berries festooning the bushes well into winter, I’ve concluded that they must not be a number one favorite, but perhaps more of a last resort after the berries have softened from freezing and thawing.
Artistically, I thought it would be a study in harmony to place the berries, with their lyrical branches, almost competing with the brilliance of the cardinal.” -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.
High Bush Cranberries Cardinal is available for purchase