Dimensions: 11 x 14 inches
Materials: Rembrandt soft pastels and Carbothello pastel pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat
The bobolink is one of my favorite birds to see in the spring and summer months, when their R2D2-like songs sound across the grasslands. This particular individual was seen in West Virginia, where I was located during the summer of 2021 to help conduct bird surveys across the Monongahela National Forest. The grassland there was buzzing with life, from insects to birds to coyotes in an ecosystem that was shared with cows. Unfortunately, such a lively habitat is becoming less and less common as grasslands are lost to development or agriculture. Thousands of acres are lost each year, putting grassland-dependent species such as this bobolink at risk.
In January 2021, I decided to start a series of drawings and paintings that would help protect wildlife and their habitats, with the goal of spreading awareness about the world's animal species. 40% of any profits made through the drawings in this series will be donated to help benefit wildlife conservation efforts. This drawing represents the grassland ecosystems of the world and the threats they face.