I’ve been fascinated with crows since my childhood. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago – far from wild forests or large national parks, yet nature and the life that exists within has always been a curiosity of mine. One hot summer day our neighbor came over to show us a crow he tamed. It rested on his shoulder and shouted loudly with a very high-pitched kaaa! I had never experienced anything like this before and was astonished how someone could form this type of relationship in our urban existence.

When I set out to draw this piece, I was interested in the textures and patterns I saw in the feathers and the sharp crook in the shape of the beak. I accentuated the warmth in the colors of the colors, but was mindful to keep the overall atmosphere of this piece cool and mystifying.

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