Mike Valcourt: "This was for SWAT Exterminators. If you're an exterminator, you
exterminate pests. One of the natural predators is the owl. This is the Great Grey Owl,
Manitoba's bird. The vantage point is from that of a mouse and the owl is swooping
down upon you. There's also a Manitoba sunset. I did a lot of blending and tried to make
it look good. I also tried to include a bit of a conservationist viewpoint: the forest is burnt
out; it's not just winter, but blackened out. The owl's wingspan is actually greater than
this, but I drew him with his wings not fully extended."
"I like the way I painted each individual feather on the owl. I like to take portions of my
Mural and throw in tons of detail in there, so that looks good not only from far away but
there's also smaller details that the walk-by traffic can appreciate. There are two
chickadees sitting in the tree. You can see each individual branch and each branch has a
blanket of snow on it, and that looks really good to me! I put in a little higher contrast so
it stands out. You can tell it's just snowed because you can see the little pine needles and
little twigs stuck in the snow. On the left side I've also painted little paw prints in the
snow. This really represents my love and desire to paint nature that way."