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Judy Larson - The Vanishing -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          The Vanishing
by Judy Larson

$625.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 100
Image Size: 22"w x 30"h.
Published: August 2018

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Today, America’s wild horses exist only at the pleasure of the government and through the dedication of those groups and volunteers who fight diligently for the right of those wild horses to survive. Long gone are the special grasses and plentiful water and endless, open lands that sustained wildlife and wild horses for many centuries. In the last 50 years, wild horses’ access to public lands have been cut by 40% due to special interests. Predation, drought, overgrazed lands, drilling, mining, and bait gathers, which separate established bands, mares and their foals, have all contributed to a crisis for healthy wild horse populations. Now, the government is considering culling wild horses for the first time in 50 years, putting the lives of thousands of horses at stake. And, the Bureau of Land Management has asked Congress for permission to kill the 45,000 wild horses relegated to holding pens. While that petition has failed for now, the question of how to control and correctly manage wild horse groups is a perplexing and troubling one. Some advocate for spaying all the wild mares, which would effectively end bloodlines established over hundreds of years, as well as eventually eliminate all wild horse herds. There are those dedicated groups of volunteers who have sought to work with their state and with the BLM in their area to protect their wild horses. Even those protected wild horses experience bait gathers on a regular basis. Without the concerted efforts of the American public, who overwhelmingly support the wild horse cause, our living legends will vanish.

Wolves were rescued from the brink of extinction in the 1970s. But in 2011, the government began stripping their protection under the Endangered Species Act and transferring wolf management to the states. One state even reclassified wolves as varmints. By March of 2018, over 5000 wolves had been slaughtered in just seven states. Presently, our government is considering a proposal to strip the now-threatened Endangered Species Act protection from nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states, including for the extremely rare red wolf of North Carolina. Reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves has also faltered because of lukewarm state and uncertain federal government support. Loss of protection will mean that wolves will be vulnerable again to trophy hunting and trapping and mass annihilation. Will they vanish again?


Judy Larson
Look Closer... The time-consuming art of scratchboard is unparalleled in its detail, allowing Judy Larson’s seamless concealment of imagery within her subject. To view the extraordinary hidden images within Larson’s work, Click here. Judy Larson always knew she was going to be an artist. She was surrounded by them as a child, and was particularly inspired by her father, a professional illustrator. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art from Pacific Union College in Northern California, Judy Larson then spent the next 17 years as a commercial artist, illustrator and art director. In 1988, influenced by her love of nature and animals, Judy devoted her time to wildlife art. Her primary focus in each of her paintings is the animal, with the horse and wolf as a recurring subject. Larson uses a clay-coated, Masonite backed art board called Claybord®. To produce an original drawing, she paints the subject solidly with black India ink to create a silhouette. Larson then scratches away the dried ink using hundreds of X-Acto® blades and the result is a magnificent, lifelike image. Once the subject has been totally scratched, it is a finished black and white illustration, ready for Larson to add color. Larson prefers a combination of airbrush, gouache or acrylics for adding rich layers of color, with frequent rescratching for detail. For Judy Larson, whose underlying message is always passionately ecological, her medium of scratchboard, as well as her "art of concealment™," allows her "to take the viewer with me." Explains Larson, "My desire is to engage viewers on three levels: first, by revealing the beauty of animals through intricate detail; second, by concealing a hidden image that draws the viewer to examine the painting more closely and through which I can tell a story; and third, by promoting a deeper awareness of the environment on a level that will hopefully have an impact." Larson is extremely passionate about her love of wildlife and supports a number of environmental endeavors. Two books have been published featuring her work: Hidden Spirits, Search-And-Find Scenes from the American West, a Random House children’s’ book, and The Spirit Within, a coffee table book. Larson is a member of the Society of Animal Artists. She lives and works in California. For more information, visit www.judylarson.com

 

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