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Blue Heron

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  • Edition Size:
  • 200 signed and numbered, 20 artist's proofs, 2 printer's proofs
  • Paper Size:
  • 38 x 52 cm, 15 x 20.5 inches
  • Publication Year:
  • 2024

This limited edition eight colour screen print titled Blue Heron by Joe Wilson pays homage to one of the largest birds in the Pacific Northwest.

Blue Herons are a familiar sight on the coast. They strike a perfect balance of harmony and tranquility with their fluid and graceful movements. Observing this elegant bird, one is reminded of calmness, stability, and inner strength.

Joe Wilson says, "I am impressed by the grace and majesty of a heron in flight. It is a peaceful, almost dreamy feeling." He also emphasizes the remarkable patience this bird has in trying to locate its prey. "A blue heron is incredibly patient and won't move unless it is certain to catch its food." While hunting, it will stand motionless with its neck extended over the surface of the water. Only the head and eyes will move as it is waiting for the right moment to strike.

In this design, one can clearly make out the distinct feathers on the bird's chest. These feathers continue to grow and fray throughout its lifetime and are used like a washcloth.

For more information on the symbolism of herons in Native American art, click here.

This limited edition silk screen print titled "Blue Heron" by Joe Wilson was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. All trial copies of this edition have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.

Published by Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints.