"WOLFSCAPE"

("Wolfscape" is on display at What the Quirk gallery and gift store in Stayton, Oregon.)

There were several thoughts I had while creating “Wolfscape.”

First of all, it celebrates the return of the Grey Wolf into the wilds of Oregon. After decades of bounty hunting, wolves were completely eradicated in the state by 1947. But in 1999, eastern Oregon residents began to see wolves migrating in from Idaho. This image portrays the wolf as a natural part of our landscape, hence the name -- “Wolfscape.”

Grieving over the Columbia River Gorge. In the summer of 2017, flames ripped through the Gorge (my childhood home), incinerating 50,000 acres of lush landscape. A portion of the Gorge appears in the bottom left of the image. Flames hover above treetops, rising into the image of the wolf, which may itself be crying out at the tragic loss of the vast wildlife habitat.

Depending on the response to "Wolfscape," I may do some similar pieces.

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