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Local artist painter of Pelican statues

Perched around Pensacola,  you'll find 41 large Pelican statues.
The birds are a fundraiser for Literacy programs area groups sponsor them.

Only local artists are commissioned to design and paint the pelicans.
A long time Pensacolian proudly created many of them.

Diane Goeller's Won awards and many commissions but she doesn't call herself an artist.
"I don't know, I might say I paint."
Beautifully so, her specialty, rich and intricate watercolors.  But in the last decade, area street art, in the form of five foot tall pelicans have dominated her time.

Eleven of them roosting in her dining room  transforming from metal and fiberglass statues, into symbols of local and national institutions.
   
Goeller uses artifacts and historical photos for accuracy with each bird.  One pelican in progress commemorates the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation.

"My brother in law was in the Navy, my husband was in the Air Force, my dad was in the Army and our son in law was in the Marines, so all of these are supposed to be represented by this piece."
   
Textured painting  mimics the bomber jackets' collar, ribbing on cuffs, zippers on flight suits..  The  attention to detail is exquisite.
"To represent our country as best we can."
   
Her most personal pelican, a tribute to her dear friend and former tennis partner, Margo Pell whose courage fighting breast cancer inspired a monument. 
"She lost all of her hair and I gave her really curly haired wig, so she would've loved it."

Goeller also created Queen "Elizabeak" -- her majesty  rules proudly from her perch at Trinity Collection in downtown Pensacola.

Another one of Goeller's pelicans is in the lobby of the Escambia County Sheriffs Office.

It represents an Honor Guard for fallen officers.
This fella at the Wahoos stadium.
Sponsored by the Pensacola Young Professionals.  He's dressed to impress,  from bow tie to tasseled loafers.

Goeller began painting only about twenty years ago.
One night class evolved into studying with world famous artists.  She still takes regular courses in any art medium available.

"There's so many classes in Pensacola anyone can do it, it doesn't matter whether or not you're good at it, if you have fun."