High Country Bighorn
You'll notice if you look at this painting that the eye is centered perfectly in the middle of the square composition to highlight the natural effect of the horn's spiral. The spiral is one of the most common patterns in nature, most often in plants but also in animals such as the nautilus mollusk shell, where each chamber is an approximate replica, scaled by a constant factor, which decreases by a logarithmic equation. Just as the spiraled leaves of a plant stem draw water toward the center, the regularly decreasing segments of the rams horn draw you directly into the ram's eye.
Once eye contact is made with the viewer, a natural instinct within us reacts to the non-verbal cues which we all emanate and react to. It was exactly that sensation of a surprise close encounter which I was trying to accomplish here. Not only the expression in the eye, but the angle of the neck and the tension in the mouth all contribute to the effect.
2011 AFC International Exhibit of Nature in Art.
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Available Editions of this Artwork
|High Country Bighorn | Giclee (signed/numbered)
|16.00" H x 16.00" W