"Although I knew the emperor penguins were not afraid of humans, I was amazed by their total confidence and seeming curiosity. One night a group of 23 penguins ambled miles inland over the sea ice before heading out again. On their way, they spent two hours surrounding the fish huts where I was living. This provided a perfect opportunity to fill my sketchbook with pencil and pastel sketches. The low light of the night sun brought out changing hues characteristic of the Antarctic spring."
Lucia deLeiris has been awarded three grants by the National Science Foundation to paint in Antarctica under the auspices of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Among other books, she illustrated Natural History of the Antarctic Peninsula. Apart from participating in group shows, she produced solo exhibitions of paintings at museums and galleries, including Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Newport Art Museum and others across the country.
A limited edition of 300 prints has been created in a horizontal format. The actual image size is 14" x 10", the matted size is 18" x 14", and the framed sized is approximately 20" x 16". Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. The full-color reproduction is printed on a neutral pH, acid-free paper.
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