Spirit Messenger (2016)

I've always been thrilled to see a Steller's Jay; the blues are so inviting to an artist. There are a number of subspecies of this stunning bird found throughout Central America, North America, and Canada. I thought it would be appropriate to paint the Queen Charlotte Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri carlottae) among the poles found at Haida Gwaii (aka Queen Charlotte Islands) located on the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. Parks and preserves are critical to conserving our natural and cultural heritage. While many of these key spots have been preserved as National Parks or other protected areas, it is still critical to manage all lands to maintain ecological health, and preserve critical cultural resources important to First Nations/Native American people. I chose to illustrate this Queen Charlotte Steller's Jay among the poles at Haida Gwaii to highlight the critical role these protected areas play for conservation of wildlife and cultural resources.
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Spirit Messenger

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