Seeking Refuge -- Four Seasons on Assateague Island

Sandra Blair Launches Fundraising Project
Four Seasons on Assateague Island

Assateague Island, a tiny barrier island on the Atlantic Coast of Maryland and Virginia, is home to Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.  The United Nations has designated Assateague as a World Biosphere Reserve and the U.S. Department of the Interior has designated it a National Natural Landmark.  Its pristine beaches, maritime forests, and salt and freshwater marshes are fragile but vital habitats for a spectacular variety of birds, plants and animals.  Because of its key position on the Atlantic Flyway, songbirds, shorebirds and raptors migrate through the refuge in spring and fall; herons, egrets, ducks, osprey and the threatened piping plover nest on the refuge; and winter brings thousands of Brandt and Snow Geese and numerous species of ducks. Animals that live on the island include endangered Delmarva fox squirrels, Sika elk, whitetail deer, red fox, river otters and the famous Chincoteague ponies.

As a wildlife artist, I feel that my role is to reveal the unique beauty, power and grace of each creature that shares our world. My goal is to inspire a new level of respect for every living creature and the recognition of how intricately the health and well-being of the natural world are woven into the fabric of our own survival. Until we truly see, we cannot fully understand the devastation that is occurring through loss of habitat and vanishing species. Seeing fosters thinking; thinking fosters action.

With the support of this funding, I'll create a series of approximately 20 small but very detailed paintings depicting the wildlife on Assateague Island during each of the four seasons.  I will make numerous trips to Assateague beginning in the winter of 2011 and continuing through fall 2012 to photograph and sketch the wildlife for reference material and hope to have an exhibition of the paintings in 2013.  Your contribution will finance the travel expenses; art supplies and custom frames; creation of the various rewards for my contributors; a book of my paintings and photographs from Assateague Island; and the Kickstarter/Amazon fees.

Kickstarter projects are all-or-nothing funding so I'll only receive your pledges if my total project goal is met by November 11, 2011.   Please visit to read the proposal and see the video and rewards.  Any pledge you can make, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your support.

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