This print is from the original oil by Daniel F. Heuer. It is available in a limited edition and open edition.
The pair of mallards swims gracefully by, as if in perfect peace and harmony with all around them. How many times I have seen them this way, as all of us have who go to the lakes and parks across our beautiful country. They are such a joy and pleasure to watch. The mallard duck is the worlds most common, most numerous, and best know duck. As well as being a very sporting duck and a very tasty one, it is the common ancestor from which almost all our domesticated ducks have been derived. It can be one of the wildest and most wary of ducks and is also the most easily tamed. Every city park with a pond or lake has its resident mallards. Although most mallards migrate long distances, some stay in one area. Today, as more farm ponds are built, as shooting becomes more restricted in many areas, and more people take an interest in wildlife and provide food for them, more mallards are remaining as year-round residents in areas they only frequented before during the winter months. I have greatly enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture these birds with my brushes on canvas. I hope that those of you who elect to own a copy of this reproduction enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.