My crane observations go back a long way. In fact, the experience of hearing and seeing my first sandhill cranes staging at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in 1999, marked the beginning of a major change in my life--a change that moved me into my passion for wildlife conservation and creating art. The two are now inseparable.
What's so special about cranes? As Aldo Leopold put it in his book of essays, A Sand County Almanac: "Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words."
I also selected this image as my cover illustration for my new children's activity book, the Discover Birds Activity Book. A fun project!
The book includes bird illustrations to color, fun facts about wintering birds and conservation, and a challenging crossword puzzle to test what you've learned. My hope is that we can expand this book in coming years and continue to inspire children and their interest in birds and bird conservation.
More about this book click here.
Links and Resources:
More about the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival
My watercolor gallery at my website
Links to my gourd art: Gourd Art Gallery, About Gourd Art, Gourd Art Shop, Gourd Art Tutorials