New Ray Harm Signed Print "Elf Owl" Original Envelope Folder Insert 59.3

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This is a print by wildlife artist Ray Harm. 


Hand Signed by the artist

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  $50. 

This print measures 12 x 15 (overall and image size)

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


Crest Series Plate XIII

Elf owls rang from southern California on across to southern Texas. A tiny little feller indeed, only six inches in length---sparrow size! To see one close up is quite an experience after having seen owls as large as great-horned or snow, or great grays, owls that grow to nearly two feet tall. The little bird subsists almost entirely upon insects (what else would his size permit him to hunt?) and usually he nests in vacated woodpecker holes. Around the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona he is well known to nest in the giant saguaro cactus, also in its abandoned woodpecker holes. My first sight of an elf own was in New Mexico years ago when I was spending time near the Arizona line as a cowboy. Three of us were awakened from our bedrolls which were laid out on the ground behind a saddle shop on the edge of town. A pair of elf owls were taking full advantage of the light from the saddle shop which was attracting insects to the window. One of the other cowboys caught an owl against the glass with his had and we all sat there a while and admired this little owl--no bigger than a sparrow.

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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