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Emergence (8 by 10" oil on clayboard) In Private Collection

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Emergence (8 by 10" oil on clayboard) In Private Collection
CURRENTLY PART OF THE ANNUAL ARTISTS FOR CONSERVATION EXHIBIT OF NATURE IN ART. Early one spring morning I came across a Pronghorn fawn that was likely only days (or even hours) old amongst the grass. I immediately wanted to portray this Pronghorn's profile in a very small painting to give a sense of isolation and safety. This animal's new life is just emerging, and when I encountered this experience an entire new concept of ideas started to emerge within my mind. Upon further inspection of this painting you will see an entire other world reflected in the Pronghorn's eye, a reflection of myself (the artist) curiously approaching with caution. The message I want to send to the viewer through this painting is that once one becomes calm, and upon further inspection there is a lot more to see, learn, experience, and connect with. This is how I feel about the natural Grasslands region as it is often an ecosystem which is overlooked by many as the flat open grassy landscape can first appear quite plain and lifeless. It is only when one stops and spends time in this region and learns to look a little closer at their surroundings, will they find the beauty and the other world that is full of life which exists within this region.
Posted on March 19, 2017
Colin Starkevich