Mission: Blue is an original oil painting that I made for my mini solo show at Cactus Gallery in 2018. The works focused on endangered species and my goal was to awareness to the mass extinction crisis the Earth’s creatures are currently facing.
This piece features the Mission Blue Butterfly and the Coast Iris. These two species are endemic to the San Francisco Bay area and nearby counties and both are threatened at different levels. The Mission Blue is named after the Mission district of San Francisco, where it was first collected. These tiny (1 inch) blue butterflies are federally endangered with only the mountains of San Mateo county left of its habitat and as such, protection and rehabilitation efforts are ongoing. The flower is the Iris longipetala, or Coast Iris. As its scientific name suggestions, it has long, slender petals and is listed as "at risk." It is currently in bloom till the end of the show.
12"x12", oil on cradled, wood panel. This will be packaged and shipped exactly how I ship work to galleries - well padded, sturdy, and with insurance. I'd like to encourage you to save and reuse as much the packaging as you can.