With the work I’m developing under my Plight series, I am particularly taken aback by caustic human behaviors and the climate crisis. About a million species of animals and plants are threatened today to go extinct(According to the global assessment released in May of this year). This threatens the livelihood of food crops, marine fisheries and life on the planet as we enjoy today. Click HERE to see more works from the Plight collection.
Earth’s climate is changing because the planet is loosing its ability to deal with CO2. Methane gases produced by grazing animals, industrial waste and human excessive consumption are the drivers of our current climate crisis.
As an artist, I do feel that one of my responsibilities to you and to society, is to contribute towards opening the dialog and bringing awareness of things that matter. This really matters!
I do wonder if we will only be left with virtual animals and plants for coming generations. I feel lucky to have enjoyed the world as I have, but feel horrible for the planet I’ll leave behind once I am gone.
Endangered animals are a focus in this series. Each painting speaks to specific plights. Plights I have focused on so far include: monarch butterflies, large, wild cats, turtles, penguins, elephants, giraffes, Grevy’s zebra and artic polar bears.
My aim is to make you think a little bit about what active role you have or can have to help steer extinction in a different direction. More fauna and flora plights will be covered as I work through this series.
Among many sources I use for research, the WWF, is one I follow closely.
On a side note, I use acrylic and inks and never really have an exact plan of how each painting will turn out. I start with the animal I have chosen, start drafting its silhouette and slowly start flowing with what I’m seeing to get a composition.
Colors often are based on the issue* I am dealing with [climate crisis brings in a lot of reds and hot colors*]. As I bring in color, I continue to flow, looking for textures and glow. When the painting “speaks” to me I know I’m done. Until that happens, it’s an ongoing battle between me and the painting.
Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below. I really enjoy hearing from you. Constructive feedback and ideas help build a better world.
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