R. Gerbert © 2023 This
original design has been copyrighted by the artist and the
image has been digimarked. Not for copy or web use unless
permission is granted by the artist.
last year, I went on an incredible tent camping/research trip
into the Big Cypress National Preserve and surrounding areas.
One of my favorite people, Captain Franklin Adams (Florida
Wildlife Federation Board of Directors, Guardian of the Everglades,
Gladesman and Conservationist) agreed to take me exploring
in the area to observe wildlife. I told him I’ve had
a goal to do a new Florida White-tailed buck painting, something
the Florida Wildlife Federation could proudly promote. He
assured me that not only would we see an amazing number of
birds, we’d also see some bucks, and we did! With the
wind blowing in my favor, two 8 point bucks came prancing
out of an island of trees and meandered right towards me.
They came within 20 feet of me before they realized I was
standing there with my camera. The pictures I obtained are
stupendous, with remarkable details. Needless to say, that
trip proved to be one of the most rewarding times of my life.
Several months’ work went into this one, designing it
from my photographs and then painting... With a sunlit-wall
of cabbage palms as a backdrop; I wanted this piece to be
a real, native Florida scene. I think this painting captures
the feeling of being right there, with these truly magnificent
wild animals. My heart is in this one.” -Peter R. Gerbert
© 2023 Peter R. Gerbert
Florida White-tailed Deer
on Ampersand Gessobord with Texture & UVLS Varnish, image
size 25 by 38 inches. $16,000