I am not exactly a wildlife artist. My typical artistic genre is more in the realm of domestic pets. I have, however, on occasion, created artworks of wildlife.
Wild animals fascinate me, and although they are not typically the subject of my artwork, I love all animals, and I am amazed at the wondrous beauty found in animals in the wild. When a wild animal finds itself harmed and trapped by man’s world, it saddens me deeply. I am very thankful for those who take on the challenge of rehabilitating such creatures.
I once volunteered with a wildlife rescue, which resulted in me adding my cat Slick to my family. Slick went to the Rainbow Bridge in September of last year. You can read how she came to my family here.
The owl that you see in the photo to the right is a Snowy Owl that found itself trapped in the basement of the Palace Theater in Lorain, OH. The poor animal was dehydrated and emaciated when he was found and rescued by the Kenneth A. Scott Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village, OH.
I was intrigued by the local media stories about the owl, and I posted about it on my Facebook page. It caught the attention of many of my Facebook fans, one of whom was so intrigued, she has commissioned me to paint a portrait of it! Paula Andrews Rogers is a big fan of the Harry Potter stories, and she saw a great story in this owl’s likeness to the Snowy Owl Hedwig in the series. She would like for me to paint it’s portrait and send it to Author J.K. Rowling in Scotland!
Once the portrait is complete, I will sell prints of it to raise funds for the Kenneth A. Scott Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Stay tuned! Please consider donating to their organization for the great work that they do.
Here is a video from the Cleveland Plain Dealer that shares some about the owl’s rescue and rehabilitation. The owl is improving since he was rescued. Best wishes for a safe recovery, dear sweet owl!