"In 1988, Iowa Pheasants Forever also started a non-game print of the year competition. I decided to enter this competition in addition to the game bird competition, choosing a black-capped chickadee as my subject.
I enjoy the variety of colors and textures found on flowers, weeds and grasses as they dry up each fall and wanted to include some in the design. For this painting I chose one of my favorites, wild sunflowers. Both cultivated and wild sunflower seeds are favored foods of chickadees. Next, I needed a dark background to set off the lighter tones of the chickadee and dried sunflowers.
While bowhunting whitetail in Missouri years earlier I had taken some photographs of an old barn near the Iowa/Missouri border. The barn boards were well weathered and the foundation was made of locally collected, hand placed stones. They would provide the dark background needed and at the same time add interest and character. Hoping to discover when the barn was built, I called the owner/farmer. He was unable to give me a date of construction but told me it looked just as old when he bought the farm back in1932!
As you can tell, I was lucky again and won the 1988 Iowa Pheasants Forever Non-game print of the year with the chickadee painting. Black-capped chickadee prints have been sold out for quite some time and apparently have happy homes because they are very difficult to find on the secondary market."
- Larry Zach
SN Edition: 500 prints @ $40 (SOLD OUT*)
AP Edition: 60 prints @ $60 (SOLD OUT*)
Image size: 10 x 12.25
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