Brown Pelican by Barbara Banthien. Limited edition giclee print of original acrylic painting on 100% cotton rag paper, archival quality pigments, available framed or unframed. Image size 17.5 inches X 12.5 inches on paper size 22.675 inches x 17 inches. Edition of 500, signed and numbered with Certificate of Authenticity included. Framed size is 21.5 inches x 27 inches in black metal frame.
Pelicans are among my favorite birds to paint. There is something prehistoric in their crusty beaks and beady eyes, but they have a beauty and solemnity that is unique. This particular pelican I have painted many times. Here he is in his non-breeding plumage. I have painted this particular Brown pelican many times. He resided at WildCare, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Marin County. There, I was able to study him up close, and get the clear reference that I need. I was sad to learn he passed away this past winter.