From Loss to Growth and Prosperity
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From Loss to Growth and Prosperity focuses on the reality of extinction, the need for biodiversity and the interconnectedness of our global ecosystem, with a concentration on three diverse species on the verge of extinction: the Kirtland’s Warbler, the Karner blue butterfly, and the Ozark hellbender. This project utilizes painting, text and graphic design to illustrate these species, their habitats, and their roles in our world. The layered style and large scale of the work immerses the viewer into these habitats, identifying the little details that contribute to the larger natural world. An additional painting and graphic piece -- A Broader Lens -- illustrates a literal, local consequence of extinction and describes overarching environmental issues faced by our global community. Through a mixed media focus, I aim to provide knowledge, illustrate beauty, and seek to stimulate a desire for positive change and preservation.