Coos Art Museum show

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I’m honored to be part of “Changing Tides: The Art of Environmental Stewardship” in a group show with The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, OR!  I created this new piece, Little Whistler (Northern Saw-whet Owl) for the show which highlights native species and conservation concerns on the Oregon Coast. It’s on display through September 22, 2023 so if you live nearby or are traveling on the coast, do stop in! The museum is a delightful historic building with two floors and several galleries, open Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat- Sun 1-4pm.

The Northern Saw-whet is one of the smallest species of owls in North America and also across the Pacific Northwest (just 6-8 inches tall!). It’s population is slowly declining. Habitat loss due to logging and other factors like climate impact its nesting/breeding grounds. Similar in size Io a Robin or Jay, they are known for their unique whistling sound that is like a saw being sharpened on a whetstone. Other than it’s shrill sound, this little raptor is charming. They’re hard to spot but like to sit low in the branches- look in deciduous woods and forests along the coast and inland. Also known as Acadian owl, Charlotte owl, Kirkland’s owl, Saw-flier, Sparrow owl and White-fronted owl. Like all owls, it is said to be symbolic of sight, wisdom and mystery.

This original painting in watercolor and colored pencil is available for purchase through the museum. Also Little Whistler giclee prints have just been added to the RPS Shop!




Closeup- Little Whistler, watercolor and colored pencil, 8″x10″ ©2023 Robin Phillips Studio


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