Great News "Call of the Raven" Won an Award at the CPSWC Open Water Show

I received an email the other night notifying me that... 

Dear Helen, we are thrilled to inform you that your painting Call of The Raven has been awarded theD.L Stevenson Award, (Gift certificate award)....
Congratulations on this prestigious prize.
"Call of the Raven" by Helen Shideler

Pretty exciting.  Especially since I embarked on a project to paint ravens with the CSPWC Open Water juried show in mind.  Last year when we visited  Yellowstone National Park there were a number of particularly friendly ravens in the parking lot at Artist’s Point.   They were walking around the travel trailers looking for hand-outs and cawing their hearts out.  One raven in particular was following me around and without being intrusive, I was able to get many really nice reference photos.  I was literally on my knees looking him in the eye and chatting with him.  I knew he would be the subject of numbers paintings :)