When he wasn’t busy practicing law or serving as Chairman of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, John E. Pechmann could be found fishing the backwaters of eastern North Carolina for redbreast sunfish (robin), his favorite fish.
The Fayetteville attorney and 13-year Commissioner passed away unexpectedly in July 2006. To commemorate his legacy as an avid angler and long-time supporter of fisheries management, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering the “John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center Redbreast Sunfish” print with optional stamp to sportsmen interested in supporting fisheries education and conservation in North Carolina.
The limited edition print is based on an acrylic watercolor by well-known wildlife artist Duane Raver and depicts the colorful sunfish in its natural habitat.
Proceeds from print and stamp sales will go to the Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center for aquatic programs conducted at the Fayetteville-based center and outreach projects coordinated across the state, including a mobile aquarium, kids’ Fish-for-Fun events and the Tackle Loaner Program.
About the Artist
Duane Raver, Jr., a renowned wildlife artist and former fisheries biologist and magazine editor with the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been painting and drawing fish for more than 60 years. His realistic renderings of fish and wildlife have earned him many honors, including being named “Wildlife Artist of the Year” by the N. C. Wildlife Federation in 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1984.