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State Bird Illustration Series - The Cardinals

Seven states chose the cardinal to represent their state.   Ohio chose the cardinal and carnation, which is a lot of red.   I decided to illustrate a female cardinal for a little less red. Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, OH.  How do you pronounce that? I lived in Winnemucca, NV for a while and people would ask me the same. Eight presidents have been from Ohio; seven republican.  Click here to see Ohio cardinal items

Kentucky chose the Cardinal and goldenrod.  I originally illustrated this one for Illinois, but liked it for Kentucky better so switched the flowers around in PS. Kentucky is home of Abraham Lincoln and the Kentucky Derby held at  Churchill Downs in Louisville the first Saturday in May of each year.   Click here to see Kentucky Cardinal items

Illinois chose the cardinal and the purple violet for their state. The sixth most populous state in the U.S. with Chicago being the  nation's third largest city.  "Land of Lincoln" as Abraham Lincoln spent most of his life here…

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