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Red-Tailed Hawk & Gray Squirrel (1996)

Acrylic on illustration board
16" x 28"
 This painting depicts two common and familiar residents of the forests of the eastern U.S. The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis is present throughout North America. East of the Mississippi this bird does not exhibit the wide range of color phases that western birds show, but unique albino birds occasionally pop up in this population. The gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is the common squirrel of eastern North America. It feeds mostly on nuts and dens in tree cavities. The superfluous animals in this piece are the underwing moth (Catocala sp.) and a hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus).