Pileated Woodpecker on Beech Tree

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Pileated Woodpecker on Beech Tree by Robert Bateman

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Pileated Woodpecker on Beech Tree – 19 3/4″ x 13 1/4″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Prints

“A woodpecker almost as big as a crow and built like a heron, that is the pileated. It is much more common in the settled areas of both East and West than most people think. It is found in extensive wooded areas, but don’t expect to see it up close. You may hear its call like a louder, slower flicker’s – cuh, cuh, cuh. Many people have seen it flying at a distance and assume it was a crow, but the long neck and bill and bounding flight are easy to recognize.

We feel honored where we live to have pileated woodpeckers visit our part of the woods. Often, we will hear loud whacking, and there he is throwing big chips in all directions. He is not as shy as his reputation indicates and will work away quite close to the house. In this painting I have put him in a setting that is almost a sculptured landscape in itself . . . the trunk of the beech tree. I find the variety of surface textures like an exciting piece of abstract art.”
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.