This lovely sculpture is notable from several directions. It is firstly a realistic depiction of the beauty of the species. These life-sized wooden carvings are painstakingly detailed and painted to reflect the actual birds and their plumage. The carving is also a study in the use of negative space. The marshland habitat is seen in the viewer’s imagination as the diorama flows in the composition of the piece. The life-style of the birds is shown in the playful antics of the immature siblings and the adults who may sun themselves on a warm log or swim among the lilly pads in search of lunch. The birds are carved of tupelo, the habitat is carved of cedar and both are painted with oils. This piece was inspired by Keith Mueller and is available for purchase.