I've always thought these owls were only found in old growth forest of northern California and the Pacific Northwest. However, there are actually 3 subspecies of spotted owl, the smallest one found in Mexico. The spotted owl was recorded by a Hungarian immigrant named John Xántus Janos, the same guy the Xantus's murrelet and Xantus's hummingbird were named after. This painting was actually inspired by the rehabilitated owls I am lucky enough to observe through several rehab organizations and individuals. This painting is titled "Forest eyes, spotted owl Strix occidentalis", gouache 8"x11".