About the Artist: Peter Daverington is a painter and musician from Melbourne, Australia, currently living and working in Beacon, New York. He completed an MFA at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and has held 13 solo exhibitions since 2004. Daverington has been commissioned to paint public murals in Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, and Turkey. For more, please visit www.peterdaverington.com.
The Artist on the Bird: “I chose the Bald Eagle because they have such powerful, wise, and enigmatic heads. It’s also the symbol for America—my new adopted home—and represents freedom, strength, truth, and justice. When the Bald Eagle became the national symbol in 1782, there were 100,000 breeding pairs in the United States. That dipped to just 417 in 1963, thanks to hunting, deforestation, and DDT. Today, thanks to conservation efforts, there are 7,066 breeding pairs. Thankfully, this great bird lives on.” Watch a timelapse of this mural and Boy Kong's Tundra Swan being painted: