"Bald Eagle" by John Swatsley, Original Painting on Board, 1985

This original acrylic painting on board titled Bald Eagle was created by John Swatsley. The painting is signed by the artist in the lower left corner and features a distinguished bald eagle perched on a branch looking below. Swatsley’s painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 14 cent official mail stamp, issued February 4, 1985. The unfinished edges give the painting a unique natural sense. Presented in a classic black frame and complimenting blue archival mat, this painting is an elegant portrait of the famous United States symbol.

The artist, John Swatsley, was born in 1937. He studied at the Art Center School in Los Angeles and briefly served in the military. Although he began his career using watercolor, Swatsley found that with oils, he was better able to emphasize the beauty of his natural subjects as well as the elegance of painting itself. Much of his career was spent illustrating magazines and in freelance, but Swatsley made a name for himself designing first day covers for stamp issues, like the work offered here. Swatsley won first place in the National Forest Service Centennial stamp competition and has had a lasting impression on U.S. stamp designs. 


Overall very good condition. The acrylic on board painting is vibrant and without notable damage. It is presented in an archival frame and the artist’s signature at the bottom left is clearly visible.

Framed Dimensions: 12 1/2"H x 12 3/4"W x 1"D

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