Skip to content


The Norton Museum Gardens, West Palm Beach, FL.

Custom-A - Manolis Projects

The Florida Flamingo, as recorded in 1832

When John Audubon first saw a flamingo in 1832, he described it as “the most glorious effulgence that could be conceived.” The Audubon society emphasized the Florida flamingo, as recorded in 1832, as pink, although their more recent descendants are orange.

Custom-A - Manolis Projects

Recent image of a Florida Flamingo

J. Steven Manolis reflects the desire to bring awareness to how climate change has severely affected the flamingo. Early Audubon paintings of the flamingo show a much more vibrant pink bird. As pollution and climate change have affected the shrimp the flamingo eats, the color of the birds has changed to a more orange-pink color. 

Custom-A - Manolis Projects

Portrait of Audubon by John Syme, 1826

Custom-A - Manolis Projects

J. Steven Manolis, FLAMINGO, 48.48.02, 2020

Acrylic and Latex Enamel on canvas

48 x 48 inches

"There's undoubtedly a lesson here for all of us in this visual observational story: what you put in your body has great subsequent impact! We must understand, appreciate, and work to keep our planet healthy, pristine, and thriving.

In my remarkably popular Flamingo Series, I color transition paintings from Coral Pink (on top) to Salmon Orange (on bottom).

It's perchance, but how lucky am I as a colorist artist to have two such beautiful colors to pair while also illustrating the story?" 

Custom-A - Manolis Projects

J. Steven Manolis, Flamingo, 2023
Acrylic on Canvas
84 x 144 inches

Back To Top