I wanted to redefine the image of our national bird (which is also a powerful and sacred animal in many Native American cultures) to incorporate every individual who belongs to this country, hence the Indian design details in this piece. The national colors of red and blue give way to hues of the American Southwest. I hope it conveys an inclusive, optimistic symbol of a United States where the ideals of acceptance and inclusion reign supreme.Original watercolor on 300lb Arches paper. There is a white border around the artwork to allow for easier framing. The actual size of the artwork image is 14" x 17.8".
Amy Rattner is a Bay Area artist who paints vibrant animal portraits inspired by the American southwest. Her acrylic and watercolor paintings use strong lines, vivid colors, and symbolic patterns to convey the spiritual, mythological, and cultural significance of various animals. After receiving her BA and MA from Stanford University, she began her artistic career as a graphic designer. The vivid, stylized quality of her work today reflects her background. Amy is interested in examining the influential role that animals have played through different cultures and societies.