Sacred eagle was a painting I always wanted to produce but the overall composition and exact layout were issues I thought about for some time. As the bald eagle is such an iconic bird I had a real dilemma, firstly I had previously painted the bird perched on a fallen tree truck and also as a portrait. The idea was to combine the eagle with the famous totems created by the Heida people the native Indians who worship the eagle among other wild animal of the region. Once again it was a labor of love and a real delight to create such a interesting and technically involved work.
ABOUT THE SPECIES
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is not only the United States national bird but also the national animal of the country and undoubtedly a magnificent bird of prey both in looks and in presents. It even give the impression of superiority with it's striking white head, piercing pale yellow eyes, large yellow/orange beak and contrasting dark body plumage. The female of the species, like a number of birds of prey, is larger than the male with both adults similar in color. With a range that includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United Sates, and Northern Mexico it is a true representative of the North American continent. Feeding mainly on fish the bald eagle is an opportunistic carnivore and therefore quite likely to scavenge a meal when hungry, it will also prey water birds, small mammals and reptiles. A pair of bald eagles are thought to mate for life and build a large nest high up in the branches which is used repeatedly and grow in size over many years. Conservation status of this iconic bird has been varied over the years and during the late 20th century it was on the brink of extirpation in the contiguous United States.