Up Down and Around

Up Down and Around

Up Down and Around – Pine Marten and Red Squirrel

Limited Edition of 200,  26″ x 19″ – $150.00

Open Edition  13″ x 10″ – $40.00

 

In the winter a pine marten hunts by tunneling beneath the snow in search of its most stable food, mice and voles. It also eats other small mammals and birds. In the late summer its diet can consist of insects, fruits, nuts and berries. About ten percent of a marten’s potential food supply is squirrels. The semi-retractable claws, long body and lightning speed makes it a formidable predator when getting close to an arboreal squirrel. Both are efficient tree climbers.

In the composition, “Up-Down and Around”, an inexperienced pine marten is chasing a red squirrel. Attracted by the squirrel’s cheeky chatter, the marten climbs the tree. As the squirrel dashes up the tree trunk, and just before the marten is within striking distance, the squirrel changes direction by leaping onto a lower branch. Down and around the squirrel positions itself, keeping the trunk of the tree between itself and the pursuing marten. The sassy squirrel should have kept its chatter to itself. Nevertheless, if it escapes the young marten’s plan, the rhythm of the forest with the wind passing over the boughs is likely to be broken with intermittent scoldings. The up, down and around movement is suggested by the vertical placement of the animals and the alignment of their tails which are almost touching on the same side of the tree. When such a pattern of movement is broken, the steps each animal is to make must be traced before the viewer can conclude whether the distance between the two would grow or diminish.

Up Down and Around