New Ray Harm Signed Print "Cougar" Original Envelope Folder Insert 62.2

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This is a print by wildlife artist Ray Harm. 

1977

Hand Signed by the artist

Limited Edition of 3000

This print has never been framed and comes with the original Envelope and Folder from Frame House Gallery. 

The artist website list this print with a secondary market value of  $125. 

This print measures 16 x 20 (image and overall size)

We will ship this to you flat, unrolled and securely protected

ABOUT THIS PIECE:

It is extremely unfortunate that, over the years, movies, television, and popular stories have wrongfully characterized the cougar to the extent that the pubic, even today looks upon the animal as a threat to man or livestock. It is not a danger to humans nor a significant threat to domestic livestock. The occasions where a mountain lion gets involved with domestic livestock are greatly exaggerated by the livestock producer. Once the cougar ranged our land from coast to coast. Now it is very limited and losing ground all the time. The field drawings made for this painting were done in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. It was my great fortune to get close enough to make a number of sketches. Time and time again I have been able to make field drawings of lion, cheetah and leopard in Africa, but I have never felt a thrill equal to those times I have been able to see and sketch our American lion. Seeing one in the wild is, at most, a rare occasion since the animal is seclusive in nature. My wife, Millie after a number of years of hoping to see a free, roaming cougar, finally saw her first live cat in the Chircahua Mountains recently. It was something she will never forget.  Original art in watercolor.

Artist biography from Ray Harm is the co-founder of the modern limited edition print industry in America and has been a nationally known wildlife artist since the 1960's. This has been documented by the Filson Historical Society' quarterly journal 4/98 Vol.72 No.2. 
His parents were both concert violinists in the 1920's so music has been a significant influence in his life and he learned several instruments from an early age. Born in the mid twenties in West Virginia (also his father's native state) Ray's childhood was imbued with his fathers later work and study as an herbalist and naturalist digging and selling herbs on the pharmaceutical market. The stock market crash in '29 had forced his father off of the concert tour and back to West Virginia to an earlier interest in herbal medicine. The young man was strongly tutored in the ways of nature by his woodsman/naturalist father. 
In his mid teens he went west to work as a cowboy on cattle ranches, rode the rodeo circuit in the bull and bronc riding events and when he won enough to purchase a roping horse and trailer, competed as a calf roper. He even satisfied a dream that many youngsters have by working with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily circus, then a tent show, training horses. Always he sought the outdoor life and work with animals. 
Three years of Navy service made him eligible for the GI Bill of World War II and later, after more cowboying on the ranches, he chose Art School in 1948. As he puts it "at least some kinda schooling would make my mom proud." Proud indeed, with only six grades of public school, today he holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from six colleges and Universities. Making a living as a wildlife artist in the early 1950's was not easy! This was when limited edition reproduction prints, (as we know them today), did not yet exist and selling original fine art paintings, one by one, was a very difficult way to make a living, especially when just out of art school and unrecognized. It was a struggle for some nine years as he drew heavily from his earlier "roustabout" experiences to support his family, training horses, digging ditches on construction jobs and driving truck while trying to establish himself as an artist. 
By 1961 Ray had almost given up when he met Wood Hannah, a Louisville businessman and art collector. Hannah became personally interested and together in 1962 they founded a publishing company that was the beginning of the Limited Edition print industry that opened a market for artists everywhere. This market today supports thousands of artists through the medium of Limited Edition prints and Ray is proud of this. The public acceptance of Ray Harm wildlife prints in an ensuing collection, introduced in Kentucky, spread rapidly from coast to coast. He was in demand as a lecturer, wrote a popular weekly nature column and authored two illustrated books, but his paintings of wildlife remained primary. His pictures are appreciated for being from living animals and wildflowers, sketched on location, not copied or traced photographs (which is so commonly done today). All this coupled with his extensive knowledge of the subjects he paints, he feels, is more the essence of fine art as opposed to commercial illustration. 
Ray has always been physically close to wildlife, since in his lifetime he has always lived rural. He lives with his wife Cathy on their H Rafter Ranch in Arizona. Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Bighorn Sheep, Javelina and a profusion of the bird life of southern Arizona is at his beck and call. His studio is on the ranch and is always open to interested people by appointment where he is happy to show original works, discuss painting, commissions and of course chat about art, wildlife, horses and cattle if the subject suits.

 

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