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Elizabeth Russ:
Raven Haven Series (2002/3)

The raven is a pivotal creature in many cultures and in centuries of folklore.  Tricksters, transformers and mimics, they are known and respected in most traditional cultures.  They may lack the majesty of an eagle, the finesse of a sparrow, or the beauty of a macaw, but for me, their attraction lies in their self-appointed role as universal observer, compelled to comment on all that they see.  Their beauty is in their pride, self-confidence, and audacity.  Rather than mere scavengers, they live for decades and have some of the most highly developed brains known among birds.  Those who study ravens have acknowledged that, with other animals you can usually discount most of the exaggerated stories you hear about them.  With ravens it's the opposite.

This is my homage to the raven, and the landscapes to which they play custodian.

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Raven East
Acrylic on canvas
18" x 24 "
  Bird on a Boy
Acrylic on canvas
16" x 24"
Cruising II
Acrylic on canvas
16" x 20"
Treetops II
Acrylic on canvas
30" x 24"
Cruising I
Acrylic on canvas
10" x 20"
Striker II
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 30"
Cruising III
Acrylic on canvas
20" x 16"
Striker I
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 20"
Treetops I
WC on paper
21" x 17"

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