Horned Owl Study by Barbara Banthien. Print of an original acrylic painting. Limited edition giclee print on 100% cotton rag paper using archival quality pigments, signed and numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity included. Limited edition of 125. Image size 5.25 inches x 6 inches on 11 inches x 11.5 inches sheet.
When I begin a new painting, I focus on the eyes and face of each bird I am painting. This is the soul of the piece. If I can get a feeling of life and presence in the face, then I know that the painting will have life as well. Great Horned Owls have a particular intensity in their eyes. A look of strong purpose and an awesome presence that is both fearless and fragile. That they can continue in the midst of our bustling world is a miracle.