40" x 26"
This painting was inspired by a special trip to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Pensacola, Florida, in the early Spring of 2010. My dear artist friend Paula Payne worked there and she gave me a close encounter with the wildlife. I was truly impressed by not only the facility but the caring people who worked there to help heal injured wildlife. I took some great photos of pelicans when I was there. A couple of months later, the horrible oil spill on the Gulf Coast occurred. Besides the tragic loss of life of the men who died as a result of the oil rig catastrophe, the images of the oil-soaked wildlife being rescued really upset me. I revisited the images I had of the pelicans and started to work with them with the help of my art imaging program Adobe Photoshop. I overlapped and edited the images until I had the view I thought most showed the haunting look from the birds. I wanted the pelicans to plead with their eyes for help to protect them.
This painting is a favorite of mine and my husband Marty. It hangs above our fireplace mantle in our great room. I have sold quite a few high quality giclees of it (limited edition of 150).
The first photo is the middle stage of the painting. The second one is the completed painting.