5" x 7" acrylic on gessobord
A striking male hooded merganser takes off running. His mate is just in front of him as indicated by the splashing water left behind by her footprints. I saw this handsome drake last weekend on the Metolius River in Central Oregon. Hooded Mergansers winter on such rivers and can even be seen in open pockets of water on frozen rivers as they are fairly hardy ducks when it comes to cold weather.
Of note, American Miniatures opens this weekend at Settler's West Galleries in Tucson, AZ. I have two pieces of art in the show which runs through the end of the month.