Winter Pond Mergansers – 18 x 24; Offset Paper; Edition Size 950; $165.00 U.S.
“Although I get as excited by spectacular sights in nature as anyone, it is the modest glimpses of beauty that are really important. It is all too easy to pass through this life only partially tuned in. I have to remind myself to metaphorically open my eyes and really see what I am looking at. While driving home one day in late winter, my eyes caught the glint of open water in a bit of swampy wetland. I had passed that spot many times but at that particular moment the rhythmic pastel patterns in the snow, in contrast to the rich stained glass effect of the water, made me pause. Although there was no particular subject matter the over all visual effect filled me with delight. I later decided to add the pair of hooded mergansers. They nest in swamps or near small lakes and they could be there at that time of the year. The male with his flaring disk-like crest looks like an exotic tropical bird. Actually, this member of the duck tribe is a fairly common bird right across northern United States and southern Canada. Whether you see a hooded merganser or not, I would recommend spending some time looking at swamps. You might find something beautiful.”
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.