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For the past decade, my work has addressed the experience of living in the Anthropocene. Much of my work has focused on the oil and gas industry, and it’s threat to the survival of the biosphere.  In my paintings, prints, and sculpture, I have emphasized corporate indifference to CO2 levels, oil spills, and exploding trains and pipelines. Because I depict these images with careful realism, I hope to imply that to the oil corporations- and by extension our consumer society- these disasters are acceptable risks, and the damage done to the environment is simply collateral damage. Over time, my work has incorporated the effects of climate change on social unrest, wildfires, plastic pollution, and vulnerable species. With the increase in drought and mega fires and their deadly impact on migratory birds, my work increasingly examines the impact of climate change on bird populations.  Birds are the most visible and benign wildlife, but often the most vulnerable, especially those that migrate. I have lived near the pacific coast flyway in Skagit Valley along the Skagit River for 20 years.  The changes of season are marked by the departure and arrival of visitants to my bird feeder and observations on my daily walks past diked waterways and riparian scrub to an estuarial wildlife area.  For me the passage, change, and vitality of the birds, both migratory and resident, seem to embody the vitality and survivability of the whole ecosystem.

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