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.
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.
Connecting the Dots
My life-long interest in the conservation of nature merges with my concern about the lie that we call democracy. There are forces at operate in secret and in the darkness that results from our unwillingness to look at the evil that controls and manipulates our world. It thrives in our apathy and pretense of helplessness. How can we ever expect to protect the earth, animals, and children if we continue to allow the world to operate on a pile of lies and distorted news and history? I research issues deeply and connect the dots which I will share on my blog and through my art over time.
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.
Mandala sketch: Kirtland's Warbler
Sketch in progress to show the understanding of the bigger system in order to solve problems, e.g. to protect 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.
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.