Sheila's Newsletter

The infrequent musings, and current art work from my studio.

Endangered Species Show 2023

Aug 23, 2023

Extinction of species has existed over the eons and is a part of evolution. Did the people painting woolly mammoths on cave walls know that they were immortalizing the mammoths and other creatures for us to see thousands of years later?

These new paintings and ceramics are an homage to species both local, and further afield, who are threatened and endangered. Hopefully, attempts to save them will succeed. As we know, some will not, and will be a part of the evolutionary process, which will continue to add and delete.

The Western Snowy Plover captured my imagination a couple of decades ago, when wandering Oregon coastal beaches, I came across roped off protected habitat. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are only 100 adult plovers left in Washington. The National Park Service estimates there are about 2,000 snowy plovers on the West Coast of the U.S. These paintings recognize their plight and honor their existence.

One can envy the freedom our ancestors had in painting on cave walls. One would probably be arrested or fined, if doing so today. Painting on walls is a primal human urge, and continues to this day, whether the paintings be on box cars, building walls, or indoor murals. I created my own cave wall painting with various endangered species of our times. The hand prints recognize that we also may be a threatened species.


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