My life-long interest in the conservation of nature merges with my concern for the evolution of democracy. I look at tragedy as an opportunity for individuals and society to learn, grow, and evolve.
Endangered Birds, Endangered Democracy
Prosecutorial misconduct in many places in the U.S. leads tens of thousands of people being wrongfully incarcerated (e.g. Steven Avery and Brandon Dassey), ruining the lives of innocent people, their families, and using up tax payer dollars.
Endangered: Kirtland's Warbler
Ornithologists focussed on how to protect this endangered North American warbler and realized that it needed immature Jack Pine trees in order to successfully breed. With careful forest management practices, such as regular controlled burns, young trees can be ensured. See mandala for the ecosystem that is required of this unique bird that migrates every winter to small islands in the Virgin Islands(?) There is also effort being made to coordinate and educate island residents how to protect this bird when it is living on the island.
Mandala sketch: Kirtland's Warbler
Artwork in progress (sketch) to capture the ecosystem needed to protect and sustain the Kirtland's Warbler, an endangered bird with an EcoVictory story! Ornithologists have figured out how many acres of jack pine forest this bird needs to feed one nest. In this forest is a moth larvae that the bird feeds its young. The nest can only be built on young jack pine saplings due as the nest design is specific to the angle of the sapling limbs to the tree trunk.
Peace for Beirut, watercolor 2015
I painted this for a Lebanese friend who was heading back to Beirut, in the week following the fall terrorist attacks in Beirut and then Paris.
Namgyal Monk in Meditation while Chanting, 2015
Namgyal Monk working on sand mandala, watercolor, 2014
The Dalai Lama's monks captured here diligently at work on the annual Kalachakra mandala. It takes about six of them working several hours a day for about ten days to complete this sand mandala. I sat for about two hours trying to capture this moment. After a year, the monks will schedule a time to release the mandal with prayers into a body of water; and then they will make a new one.
Father and Newborn at Starbucks, colored pencil 2014
This was a special moment I captured while sitting in a NYC Starbucks near Union Square. It was Christmas day, and I was waiting to meet a friend when I noticed this father calming his newborn son. I only had a moment to sketch the magic, and I finished the drawing during the week while riding the subway. I had to rely on my memory to fill in the gaps.
Mother Mary Download, highlight markers, 2015
A meditation moment where I experienced a comforting sense of resolution of something from my past, colored with highlight markers.