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Stephen Lyman - RETURN OF THE FALCON -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          RETURN OF THE FALCON
by Stephen Lyman

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LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 19 1/8"w x 31"h.
Published: April 1988


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Peregrine - "the wanderer" - has returned to Yosemite. Master of the air in grace, agility and speed, the peregrine falcon has been described as the perfect flying machine. Its spectacular aerial displays and power dives at prey, at times exceeding 200 miles per hour, has made it a favorite with falconers for centuries.

The falcon disappeared from Yosemite in the 1940s. In fact, when pesticides became widely used in the 1950s and 60s, the worldwide population of peregrines, one of the most widespread birds on earth, plummetted drastically. Once found from coast to coast in North America, it was soon brought nearly to extinction. DDT, a pesticide which accumulates in the food chain, eventually reaches the peregrine and results in the female laying eggs with thinner and thinner shells, reducing chances for survival of the young to nearly nothing. Despite being banned in the United States in 1972, DDT took many years to dissipate from the environment.

After an absence of nearly forty years, the peregrine falcon is again nesting atop Yosemite's steep-sided cliffs and canyons. Augumentation of their nests by humans helped them return in numbers but we must work to preserve an environment where these magnificent birds can once again fly free from the adverse impact of man.

"In this painting, I have attempted to convey the immense space of Yosemite Valley with Half Dome bathed in the fleeting, golden light of sunset. A peregrine falcon, waiting for prey to fly within range of his extraordinarily keen eyesight, is perched on precipitous cliffs, ready to launch into the air."

Yosemite welcomes the "Return of the Falcon."


Stephen Lyman
“He paints the wilderness with a knowledge and genuineness that can only be expressed by someone who has ‘been there’.” – Bev Doolittle Through Lyman’s art, you can travel into a wilderness very few have experienced. You can share the sensation of being in the true outdoors – exploring, discovering, studying and enjoying the all-encompassing beauty of unspoiled nature. Stephen Lyman was an explorer who specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature. His inspiring work was inspired, in turn, by the writing and teachings of famous naturalist John Muir. “Muir wrote, ‘Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,’” Lyman said. “I know exactly what he meant.” Lyman’s love of the great outdoors stemmed from a childhood spent in the Pacific Northwest, where hiking in Snake River country was a regular family ritual. Lyman’s desire to share his admiration for the outdoors was strong, but he enrolled in the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, to learn more about the commercial art field. He started his career as a commercial illustrator in Los Angeles and soon realized that the call of the wild was stronger than the lure of the city. Returning to Idaho, he spent two years exploring and developing his own style of painting. He continued to discover the wonders of the natural world and of living a natural lifestyle. “All my paintings have their origins in my experience and perception of beauty in the wilderness,” he said. Lyman’s first limited edition print was published by The Greenwich Workshop in 1983. In subsequent years, he was a frequent participant in the prestigious international “Birds in Art” show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He was invited to be “Artist of the Year” at the 1991 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show and then received the rare honor of being invited back as an “Encore Artist” at the 1995 event. Stephen Lyman actively shared the wonder of the natural world with a legion of collectors until his untimely death in 1996. He had been recently named one of the top artists in the country by U.S. Art magazine and his book, Into the Wilderness: An Artist’s Journey, was published to unanimous acclaim in the autumn of 1995.

 

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