Original art for sale at | The Coy Miss Mallards by Emil Morhardt | $1,925 | acrylic painting | 24' h x 36' w | ..\art\acrylic-painting-The-Coy-Miss-Mallards

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The Coy Miss Mallards

Emil Morhardt
Ugallery 5345193918 UGallery

Acrylic painting on Stretched canvas New

Finished white edges

Varnished and Ready to hang


Signed on front and back


24" h x 36" w x 1.5" d |5 lbs. 6 oz.

In stock $1,925



A close-up view of two ducks looking astutely at the viewer. "There's something highly engaging, and perhaps a little unsettling, about the way these young female mallards make eye contact with us over their shoulders from behind their wing feathers," says artist Emil Morhardt. "I think that this painting transmits an enhanced feeling of avian intelligence and alienness quite different from our usual sense of dabbling ducks."

Emil Morhardt

Santa Barbara, California

Artist Emil Morhardt expresses his passion for birds and wildlife through realistic acrylic paintings. "I photograph them in the wild and at wildlife recovery centers and use these images to capture individual birds’ personalities," says Emil. At a young age, he learned to paint from his father who was an art teacher and was one of the early California watercolorists. He learned his father's watercolor techniques while gaining an appreciation of opaque media from his dad's many artist friends who mostly painted in oil. In 1980, Emil began his art career by painting landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Eastern Sierra where he grew up. He earned a BA in Zoology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Environmental Physiology and Ecology from Rice University. In 2011, he moved to Santa Barbara, where he worked as a Professor of Environmental Biology at Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Pitzer Colleges. After his retirement in 2016, he focused his energies as a full-time artist, working from his home studio. Located on a high ridge, he relishes an unobstructed north-facing view of the mountains behind Santa Barbara. While he paints, foxes, bobcats, and roadrunners occasionally walk up to the glass doors and peer in as deer and coyotes run by.

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commentsGreat Crested Tern #1
L Drake style="color: #000000;"6/20/2019 | 8:34 PM

Emil, I love this story and thank you for bringing portraits of the animals of the Archipelagos back to us. - Leah @ UGallery

Emil Morhardt 6/11/2019 | 9:33 AM

Great Crested Tern #1: Lately I’ve been thinking about my long career as an ecologist and climate change scientist and the subtle ways it seems to be driving me to paint sea birds as a sort of antidote to the unrelenting onslaught of bad environmental news. My thoughts were amplified recently on a trip aboard the National Geographic Orion from Tahiti, through the Tuamotu Archipelago, to the Marquesas Islands and back. The trip was fantastic. The atolls we snorkeled and the islands we visited are out of the way, mostly undeveloped, and when populated at all, only lightly, by people living close to the land; no wonder Paul Gauguin chose this place to paint and be buried. The young naturalists on board enthusiastically located, pointed out, and identified nearly every species of coral, fish, and bird with amazing alacrity with little reference to climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, accumulation of plastic debris, and other environmental ramifications of the growing human population that currently fill the scientific literature. It felt good to celebrate what we have rather than bemoan what has been lost, and it is the business of cruises like this one to seek out the best wild areas in the world where degradation is minimal. Approaching Mo’orea near the end of the trip I spent hours photographing Great Crested Terns swooping from 50 feet above the bow waves to pick flying fish from the air as they tried to avoid what must have seemed like a very large predator. These large terns fly so fast and change direction so abruptly that they are hard to photograph, but when you get one in focus they are compelling.


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