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“Flaco, the New York City Eagle Owl”

by Julia Lundman

This painting is my tribute to the beautiful Eagle-Owl, Flaco, who lived in New York City’s Central Park. He famously escaped his enclosure at the Lincoln Park zoo and found his way, even with weakened wings, to Central Park. Over the course of a year, he became stronger, learned to hunt, and to do other owl things, flying all over the city to the delight of animal enthusiasts everywhere. About a year after his escape, he tragically died due to eating rats that were poisoned with rodenticide and pigeons that had a virus. For me, it was the first time I became aware of the hazards raptors face in our cities and the many questions about raising healthy birds in zoos.

The painting is 13″ x 13″. Watercolor and colored pencil on Stonehenge Legion paper.

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Julia Lundman graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1993. Since then, she has worked in animation and games as a commercial artist, first in traditional animation as a background painter, and later as a illustrator for games and books. She has recently taken some time to devote toward development of her personal work, inspired by Victorian fairy painters, the pre-Raphaelites, Brian Froud, Alan Lee, Medieval art, folklore, novels, and the natural world.

Her process starts with sketchbook practice in the early morning hours. If a sketch feels interesting, she develops it into a series of more finished drawings. If the subject still resonates, she paints the image either in oil, acrylic or watercolor.