House Finch and Yucca

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House Finch and Yucca – 7 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Print

“The house finch is an attractive little bird that has been spreading its range. It has even made it in fair numbers to eastern and western Canada.

It is like a purple finch but slightly brighter and more delicate. If the purple finch is like a sparrow dipped in burgundy, the house finch has been dipped in rose wine. Although it is found in many different habitats, I always think of it as a bird of the richer parts of the southwest arid country. Many times I have heard the lively warbling song of the house finch and located the proud little male, announcing his territory from the tip of the yucca spike. To me, the yucca is an exotic plant. That is, of course, because I have spent most of my life in the mixed deciduous forest zone.

I had two feelings or moods when doing this picture. One was related to the quality of the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe and the other was the ambiance of early Hollywood. The work of Georgia O’Keeffe is dramatic and polished, often with modulated, clear blue skies. The Hollywood style of the twenties and thirties was Art Deco. It was also dramatic and polished almost to slickness. The movie theater I attended as a boy was in this style. Although it is not my favorite design type, it has a strong sense of nostalgia for me. That is the mood I was striving for in my setting for this house finch.” – Robert Bateman

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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.