Senior Project Advisor
Bower, John L., 1959-
ecology, painting, oil painting, bird, birds, birding, paint, ecology and art, pacific northwest, washington, art, bird painting, nature, avian, ornithology, Bellingham, local ecology, Western Grebe, Merlin, Fairhaven, Birch Bay, grebe, heron, falcon, hawk, owl, Barn Owl, I-5, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron
The following four oil paintings are part of an ongoing series that visually explores bird populations and behavior in Northwest Washington, particularly in Bellingham and Whatcom County. I combine biological, detailed illustration with painterly practices to communicate fragile ecological balances to my audience through a medium seen less frequently in the field of conservation. My work examines the tension between life and death in the natural world to provoke conversations about environmental issues and to encourage compassion for local scenery. The work illuminates how birds, humans, and the ecosystems we inhabit are intertwined, inspiring a sense of wonder for our natural surroundings at a global turning point for climate change.
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Rothberg, Rachel, "Painting Ecological Change in Pacific Northwest Bird Populations" (2020). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 393.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Birds in art--Environmental aspects; Bird populations--Washington (State); Bird populations--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Bird populations--Washington (State)--Whatcom County; Birds--Washington (State)--Behavior; Birds--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Behavior; Birds--Washington (State)--Whatcom County--Behavior
Washington (State); Bellingham (Wash.); Whatcom County (Wash.)
student projects; term papers
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