Limited Edition Options
Select giclee prints are available with embellishing and remarquing options. Both of these options offer a greater degree of artist involvement and result in very unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. In the case of embellishing, Karen hand-embellishes the giclee print with watercolor paints, and in the case of remarquing, she adds a hand-drawn pencil sketch to the bottom of the painting (watch a short video of Karen adding a remarque to a limited edition giclee here. Both of these options greatly increase the value and uniqueness of the print, and they are the best choice for print collectors wishing to acquire highly-specialized prints with an even greater degree of collectability. If you would like your limited edition giclee to be remarqued, you will need to choose which remarque you would like Karen to include. For this piece, Karen usually adds either a sketch of a botanical with which this butterfly associates or a sketch of one of the life stages of the butterfly.
The eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) is thought of as the American insect, in much the same way the bald eagle is thought of as the American bird. It was the first American insect pictured in Europe; a drawing by John White was sent to England from Sir Walter Raleigh's third expedition to Virginia. Native to North America, its range extends from New England south to Florida and west to eastern Texas and the Great Plains. Although Maine is the northern extent of their range, I have observed the species at several points within the Georges River watershed where it can be seen from spring to autumn. During this time, P. glaucus produces two to three broods, and the chrysalis can hibernate during the cold weather months. The species has a wingspan that can extend to 14 cm across. The males are yellow with four distinct, namesake tiger stripes. Females are either black or yellow, with the latter possessing blue spotting along the hindwing. A percentage of the sale of this painting will be donated to the Georges River Land Trust.
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