This magnificent “Owl” is an original oil painting by Robert T. Ritter, At 60” high by 44” wide, it commands attention (and certainly some awe and respect) in even the largest room. The great horned owl is so called for the feather projections on its head. Downy feathers there and on the leading edge of its wings allow it to glide without making a sound. Offset ears on the sides of its head (covered by feathers) allow it to locate a mouse under a foot of snow, glide silently in, and snatch up the prey for the owlets waiting in the home nest. Owls have eyes that are fixed in the sockets, but their ability to turn their heads more than 180 degrees more than compensates. Owls live in every climate zone, and can nest an equally wide variety of areas from burrows in the ground to high, rocky cliffs. Different cultures attach widely differing symbolism to owls. In Western cultures, the association is with wisdom. See more of Robert T. Ritter’s paintings here.