Northern Spotted Owl Art
The Northern Spotted Owl is only one among many species of plants and animals in the old growth forest that are endangered by the removal of habitat. The range of the Northern Spotted Owl used to include British Columbia, where they are now virtually extinct due to rampant logging, and they are rapidly losing numbers in the U.S. as well, where habitat is still being cut on private and federal lands.
Having worked for nine years in the old growth forests of Western Oregon studying these wonderful animals has been a life changing experience, and I wish to share some of the things that I have seen and learned.
11" x 14" (16" x 20" outside). Matted, framed, and signed. $135.00, plus shipping and handling.
This particular Spotted Owl, The Canyonville Female, was on the forest floor, looking for the mouse she had dropped among the ferns.
For most of us, the artificial environments in which we live isolate us from the real, living world that supports us. We, as visual creatures, sometimes find it hard to love what we cannot, (have never) seen.
It is important to have reminders of this world around us, so we don't forget about our rights and responsibilities as part of the bigger picture. We have a right to see the beauty of nature. It raises us up and feeds our souls, making us strong and willing
to accept the responsibilities inherent in our membership in one of the most numerous, destructive, and creative species on the planet.
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For me, art is a pathway to knowing. When I spend hours, days, or weeks on a piece, I become part of it in a very intimate way. The finished work is merely an artifact of the process. I see something that I want to understand more fully, and then I draw it. It's been my best way of interfacing with the universe. My interest in science is an outgrowth of this desire.
These two forces were combined when I worked for the Bureau of Land Management and for Oregon State University on the Spotted Owl study. I had what I consider the immense privilege of working with wild animals on their own terms. Unlike domestic animals these creatures have no need of humans, no agenda. When they look at you it is with curiosity, as an equal. This gave me a new understanding of my place in the world as merely one among many kinds of sentient inhabitants.