“The catalyst for this new body of drawings has been a lifelong interest in birds, their migrations, songs, and nesting sites. Twelve years ago, we bought as mall treehouse-like cabin nestled in the North Georgia forested mountains where we listen to the wonderful songs of the birds arriving to build their nests in the spring. The chorus is spectacular and as time envelopes everything, I have begun to notice the chorus has been depleted, every year a little shorter and quieter.
I have been researching this issue and have found over 40% fewer songbirds are able to survive. Pesticides, climate change, and habitat loss have played havoc on birds’ ability to find clean water and food, plus the habitats they have relied on to nest and live in are disappearing fast. In addition, the overabundance of algae growth killing millions of fish and other aquatic life in our lakes, rivers, and oceans, is beginning to be very toxic to all life. Recently, a friend who swam in the ocean that had some of these algae died from an infection. As the planet warms, scientists are predicting more of the toxic algae will flourish, encroaching on more of our fragile sanctuaries and causing harm to all life.
In my drawings, I use the green swirling wind to symbolize the poisonous danger we will be encountering in the future as deforestation, mountain removal, more coal and oil, too much plastic and pesticides, threaten to destroy our planet as we know it, thus making it a wasteland for all life.
The small shaped painted wood panels called Pristine Florida are reflections on our extremely fragile and amazingly rich Northern Florida homeland where over-development is creeping into our precious environment.
The dark blue-black drawings are reflections on our twilight in the mountains, its magic wonderment as some animals go to sleep and some wake up.
Seawater rise is another issue I have begun to draw. Specifically, the two drawings of the Roseatte Spoonbills are showing their nesting estuaries that are being flooded killing their chicks.
I have traveled, camping extensively all over the USA, seeing extraordinary beauty in natural landscapes and a spectacular diversity of flora and fauna. In the last ten years, I am deeply saddened to witness a severe decline in wild habitats…once filled with native plants and animals. Human manipulation of every natural area is apparent. These issues continue to impel me to make work about nature’s beauty and magical spirit, what must be protected in the garden of life, and how our very complicated interaction with her is changing the planet greatly.”
The exhibit will be on display from November 3 through November 27, 2018.
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