Late Winter Black Squirrel

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Late Winter Black Squirrel – 12 1/2″ x 8″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Prints

“The black squirrel is a color phase of the gray squirrel. It is possible to have black and gray babies in the same litter. The gray squirrel is far more widespread, but in part of its range, you may have a mixture with the black being more common. Some rodents such as chipmunks and groundhogs hibernate, but squirrels do not. In fact, they are famous for storing nuts for the winter. They climb into trees in the fall and industriously cut down nuts and cones. Many of these are buried here and there in the ground. It is debatable how many are remembered and actually dug up for food in the winter. This habit is certainly a great help in perpetuating the species of trees because the planted nuts often grow into trees and, of course, future nut supplies for future squirrels, but I am sure that the individual squirrel does not think of this.

I have shown this squirrel near a young red oak tree, possibly planted by himself or another squirrel. It is late winter; the snow is thick, hard and crystalline. The leaves often stay on all winter. The sun’s rays have reflected off them producing a little circle of warmth, melting a slight pit. The squirrel may see this as a weak spot in the crust through which he can dig for an almost forgotten nut.” – 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.