The Ochre sea star is a keystone species found along the pacific coast in North America. The tide pools of the Pacific Northwest are an extremely diverse ecosystem. The sea star contributes to this biodiversity by controlling certain species from overrunning the tide pools. Seven years ago, the Ochre sea star suffered a significant die off. Today the sea star has recovered to most of its former range. I wanted to capture their beauty and commemorate their return to the Pacific Northwest, with this drawing.