My work reflects my love of travel and belief that it is the well-traveled mind that allows one to appreciate the complexity and interrelatedness of our world. And subsequently to see its beauty.
The nest series is an environmental statement about the fragility of the ecosystem and in particular the struggle of birds today. They are represented by egrets and songbirds (eggs only). Birds in general, and particularly songbirds, are on the path to extinction--as are their habitats. Several paintings suggest the perils they face, but there are also hope filled statements. And, of course, nests are iconic images that convey messages about many things we value that range in meaning beyond the environment: they often stand in for major emotional and life transitionsl.
© Shirlee Cunningham