Cardinal And Sumac
Robert Bateman Hand Signed Limited Edition Print 13″ x 19.5″
“One of the ideas behind “Cardinal and Sumac” was inspired by a Smithsonian Museum display of an authentic East Indian village, complete with villagers going about their daily business. I was strolling through when, all of a sudden, a villager wearing a flaming red turban walked past a rich terra cotta coloured wall. I was struck by the red-on-red vision – it just sizzled. I knew then I would someday paint a cardinal in sumac.
Most North Americans have the opportunity to see cardinals in their own backyards. The cardinal, however exotic in colour, is one of our most familiar favourites. I like the idea of the cardinal as a representative for Earth Day; it is appropriate that a backyard favourite represent our need to incorporate environmental action into our own backyards – our local communities.” – Robert Bateman
(From the original painting Cardinal And Sumac – 1992 – 18″x 24″ Acrylic on Masonite)