AMAZON DEFENSE SERIES

digital & traditional  illustration

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Amazon Defense

Personal Project - 2019

Digital print on paper.

8" x 10"

This illustration showcases a woman native to the Amazon Rainforest in order to educate and raise awareness of indigenous rights of the Waorani people. The Amazon Rainforest contributes to 20% of the world's oxygen and is an extremely important ecosystem to thousands of species. The indigenous tribes have become the spokespeople of the most important ecosystem on our planet. I made this piece to bring more attention to the climate crisis and the deforestation issue that is occurring today. 

 

I used a bright orange to alert people of this important and devastating problem as construction cones would do for a road that needs fixed. A muted green and dark blue is used for the environment, both seen as colors typical of the earth and life. The subject here is seen in white and represents the Waorani people, which stands out amongst the colorful background. 

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Rainforest Treasure

Personal Project - 2019

Digital print on paper.

12" x 12"

This series showcases the beauty of the indigenous tribes of people and animals that call the Amazon their home. The Amazonian Squirrel Monkey, for example, is one of 10 million species of animals, plants, and insects found in the rainforest. This creature is threatened by the lack of food caused by deforestation along with the mistreatment when captured and put into the exotic pet market. The squirrel monkey is an icon for the Amazon and adds to the ethical concerns of what our impact is on the rainforest.

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In the Presence of Abundance

Personal Project - 2021

Digital print on paper.

8" x 10"

The Brazil Nut tree is most famous for its delicious and highly sought after nuts. This tree specifically helps boost our international economy by contributing to millions of dollars of global transactions. Not only do we need this tree but many others do too. It is one of the largest species of tree in the Amazon rainforest so it provides habitat, food, and shelter to thousands of animals. The Brazil Nut tree is another reason that we need the Amazon for sustainable living because of what it has to offer us. The reminder is necessary otherwise these trees and millions of other species of plants will be plowed down to be replaced for farm land.

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The Jungle Master

Personal Project - 2021

Acrylic and marker on canvas.

30" x 30"

This piece focuses on the beauty found in the Amazon Rainforest and emphasizes the reason to protect the wildlife. Each animal and plant has a part in the complex ecosystem. Including the most known and the near-threatened jaguar, which represents power and strength to the indigenous tribes. Because of human encroachment and poaching of their fur for luxury trade, jaguars are being endangered along with the balance of the entire ecosystem of the rainforest. The apex predator of such a diverse range of wildlife becomes the most important factor that controls the delicate equilibrium of predator vs. prey. This results in the survival of the fittest animals that we count on to keep our planet healthy.