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Guardian of the Karst - Red Tailed Hawk by Josh Tiessen
  Guardian of the Karst  (2011)
Subject: Red Tailed Hawk
Dimensions (inches): 13 x 16
Medium: Acrylic on Masonite
Description: DOUBLE AWARD-WINNING PAINTING (AUGUST 2011), Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, "First Place for Teens (13-19)," and "Future Promise Award." // When I was being mentored under Robert Bateman last fall, he advised me to join and support local groups that are making an effort to preserve nature. So I decided to join FOTEK (Friends of the Eramosa Karst), which is a group that has developed a new conservation area above the Niagara Escarpment in Stoney Creek. After I joined FOTEK, the board saw my website and asked me to become the feature artist with an exhibition at their annual Dinner and Dance fundraiser, and donate one of my prints for their raffle. The whole board took my family and me on a personal guided tour of the Eramosa Karst. So, what is a karst anyways? I found out it is a geological term for a landscape that has an underlay of limestone, which over the years has eroded and dissolved, creating ridges, fissures, sinkholes and caves. I was fascinated with this and took many photos of the landscape, especially the caves. At one point on our tour I spotted a hawk in the distance, so my brother and I ran to take a closer look at what turned out to be a Red Tailed Hawk, which I took many photos of (holding up the tour for about ten minutes!) But when I sent the board the photos later, they were delighted and encouraged me to do a painting of it for next year's fundraiser. This summer I used the photos I had taken of the rock formations, caves and hawk as references to create this painting entitled, "Guardian of the Karst." I wanted to depict the hawk in a stately pose in the bare branches of pre-snow winter, in front of the entrance to the largest cave. His head has just turned, as if he has suddenly heard or seen something of potential danger. His razor-sharp stare depicts the curiosity and mystery of the moment.
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Limited Edition Available: Yes
Edition Size: 50
Price: $100.00 US



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