Elegance and Grace – Northern Pintail Ducks
Limited Edition of 200, 20″ x 25″ – $150.00
Open Edition 10″ x 13″ – $40.00
As wetlands disappear in North America and marshes become drained to create farmland, housing developments and parking lots, the number of pintails will decline. The population also decreases yearly from disease caused by toxic runoff and the water pollution of the existing wetlands. Because of reduced numbers and because of the elegance and grace both on water and in flight, many consider the pintail the aristocrat of ducks.
In the composition, “Elegance and Grace”, a drake displays his beautiful lines and markings. The two elongated tail feathers gives the species its name. As the elegant drake looks on, the graceful hen balances on one foot with wings outstretched while the other foot keeps time with the rhythmic flutterings of wing and tail. This acrobat and her regal on-looker should be cherished for they truly have the earmarks of nobility. If these aristocrats are to survive, more wetlands need to be preserved and nursed back to health, and the darkness from polluted skies needs to lighten.