This may be the painting in my career I worked on for the longest time. That’s not necessarily a good thing, but with the final repositioning of the Eagles I finished in August 2018 I’m really getting to like it. I began it in 2004 and originally regretting devoting most of my painting year to it, plus much of 2005. That regret has evaporated. The upper Eagle is intended to be the female, larger and more powerfully built, but further from the viewer. The lower bird is the male. These are mated birds. You often see mated Eagles sitting even closer than this. The landscape is Cape Flattery, on the Makah nation in the Northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula and thus the most Northwest point in the lower 48.
You often see mated Eagles sitting even closer than this.