Andy Pruna

Pencil on paper (18 x 24 in.) Green Passing
While filming in various parts of the Amazon, I heard each community of Amerindians speak of a mystical lady called the mother of the jungle, inclusive, tolerant, always beautiful, and loved by every creature no matter how dangerous.  An inspirational drawing that took several months to complete, I counted each animal I added until I got to two hundred; then I stopped counting. In this piece, there are over two hundred inhabitants of the Amazon jungle.  This is my version of the elusive mother, the spirit of a vanishing rainforest.
(This original drawing is not for sale, but an 18 X 23 inch prints is.  look at FAQ for detail.)  Price $ 150.00


Pencil on paper (48 X 60 in.) Bald Eagle
The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. The Bald Eagle is a sacred bird in some North American cultures, and its feathers, like those of the Golden Eagle, are central to many religious and spiritual customs among Native Americans. This drawing is based on pictures sent to me by National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin who lives amongst them in Alaska. The Bald Eagle is also known as the Sea Eagle and here I show it doing what it does best, fishing; snatching the fish right out of the water with its powerful talons.  
(Limited Edition Giclee 27 X 40 inches are available.  look at FAQ for details) Price $ 600.00



The editions are limited to 50 each and printed on archival 21 mill thickness, acid free, 100% cotton paper with a textured matte finish.

 “A Storm Is Coming”
This watercolor painting depicts what used to be a common sight in the Bahamas Islands: a fishing smack.  A working boat made entirely on island, a fishing smack is usually sloop rigged with an overlapping boom. These boats tend to stay out for weeks fishing for lobster, conch, and fish through all kinds of weather. As an approaching tropical storm can turn a sunny day into a tempest within minutes, these boats typically stay out of harm’s way in open waters, waiting for conditions to abate.
 
 Watercolor print on archival paper – Overall Size: 17 “ X 44”

 “Nassau Grouper”
A watercolor of one of my favorite fish which can be found in the Western Atlantic from the coast of South Florida and the Bahamas all the way down to Northern Brazil.  When diving, it was common to be met by this curious Nassau Grouper sitting on top of a clump of corals as if greeting you on the threshold of his domain. They can reach 25 kg, and thirty or more years ago, they were found everywhere on the reef. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.  Because of their highly priced meat, this Grouper has been so overfished that for fear of extinction most countries have prohibited their capture.
 Watercolor print on archival paper – Overall size: 17” X 28”

 “Quetzal”
This watercolor represents the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala and the surrounding areas where the Maya as well as earlier Olmec civilizations existed thousands of years ago. Even now, ruins are being discovered in the deep jungles of Central America.  With them coexists the magnificent Quetzal bird, which was considered sacred by the Mayas.  If you were to be so lucky as to see the rare Quetzal in its native habitat, it’s not hard to understand why the inhabitants revered it.
 Watercolor print on archival paper – Overall size: 17” X 24”

 “Queen Conchs”
A watercolor painting of two Queen conchs showing their beautiful pink mother of pearl color framed by other commonly found marine creatures of the Caribbean. The Queen conch is a species of large edible sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family of true conches, reaching 14 in. in length (35.5 cm) and weighing over 5 lb. (2.2 kg). They are highly sought after for the meat, which is delicious. They occasionally produce a beautiful pink pearl, which at one time was highly valued until it was found later that the color faded when exposed to light. If I were to choose a symbol for the Caribbean, I would surely pick the Queen conch.  
 Watercolor print on archival paper – Overall size: 17” X 28”

The Margay

The Margay (Leopardus wiedii) is a spotted cat native to the Americas.
The margay is found from southern Mexico, through Central America and in South America east of the Andes. The southern edge of its range reaches Uruguay and northern Argentina. They are found almost exclusively in the areas of dense forest. Ranging from tropical evergreen forest to tropical dry forest and high cloud forest.

The margay is similar to the larger ocelot in appearance but the eyes are larger and the legs and tail are longer. They weigh 2.5 to 4 kilograms (5.7 to 8.8 lb.) Most notably the margay is a much more skillful climber than its relative, and it is sometimes called the tree ocelot because of this ability. In fact, it may spend its entire life in the trees, leaping after and chasing birds and monkeys through the treetops.

 
 Watercolor print on archival paper – Overall size: 17” X 24”

“The Life of The Southern Right Whale”  (Eubalaena australis)
In The Life of The Southern Right Whale, I try to show through a series of charcoal drawings the various aspects of the life of this unique sea mammal that not long ago was almost hunted to extinction. The Southern Right Whale lives in all the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere.  It is a baleen whale that can reach over 60 ft. (18.3 m) in length and weigh 100 short tons or 200,000 lb. (90,000+ kg). It was considered the “right” whale to kill because it rendered the most amount of oil per pound hence the name.  This and the fact that it is not a particularly fast whale were the main reasons for its near annihilation.  Now protected, its numbers are still not overly abundant.  
1: Baby Albino  2: Playing in the moonlight
I spent years swimming, diving, and observing the Southern Right Whales off the Patagonian coast and at one time was considered the person who had spent the most time swimming with whales.  Some of these drawings were published in a 1976 issue of Audubon Magazine as part of an issue devoted entirely to sea mammals, a first for the magazine.
 
3: Breach 4:Two males and a female in pre-mating ritual
 During the years that I spent filming and photographing the whales, I was witness to various copulations, including the first-ever scene filmed for the New York Zoological Society with Dr. Roger Payne, one of the world’s most eminent cytologists.  I also witnessed birth and death, courtship and feeding.  In 1972, I was part of a National Geographic expedition to Península Valdés in Patagonia, Argentina, where the Southern Right Whales were photographed underwater for the first time.  
 
5:Feeding a month old calf  6:Fluke, before a dive

With these charcoal drawings, I try to capture various aspects of the life of these wonderful animals including birth, death and the lifespan of a rare albino, eventually a mother herself.

Though there is also a North Atlantic Right Whale found in the North Atlantic Ocean [eubalaena glacialis] and even a third subspecies called North Pacific Right Whale in the North Pacific Ocean [eubalaena japonica], the jury is still out as to whether they are the same or not in their taxonomy. Right whales cannot cross the warm equatorial waters to connect with the other subspecies and potentially interbreed; their thick layers of insulating blubber make it impossible for them to dissipate their internal body heat in tropical waters.

Prints of charcoal drawing on archival paper
A dozen different limited edition prints of 50 of each
Overall size: 17” X 15”