Monday, May 25, 2015

Putting a Face on Threatened and Endangered Birds

I received an email from Evan Stuart Marshall, an artist living and working in Roseland, NJ. He has a new series of paintings that he calls "Treasured in Essex County: Birds." This set of 28 portraits of birds found in Essex County, and all are either endangered or threatened.

Marshall says, "I painted them in extreme close-up to "put faces" on the dry government lists and also to show the birds' beauty and variety. Many bird species that appeared on "threatened and endangered" lists years ago have been removed from these lists because they are out of danger due to our protection efforts. I painted these portraits in extreme close-up in order to “put a face” on dry government lists, and also to showcase the birds’ amazing beauty and variety. It is my way of helping to make the public aware of what is happening to these creatures all around us. My hope is that, like many threatened and endangered species before them, these 28 birds will soon fall off the threatened and endangered lists due to our protection efforts.

Birds in the series include: American Bittern, American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, Northern Harrier, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Red Knot, Short-Eared Owl and the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron.

View some of these painting on his website and Instagram account

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