January 30th, 2012
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My new-to-me artist of the day is Daniel Mackie, of London.

About the Tiger, Part of the Loss-of-Habitat Series:

Above (among other illustrations) is a watercolor of a tiger in its natural habitat. Here’s an excerpt from the artist’s website (but I added the links, for context):

The tiger is one of the most threatened species on the planet. Two subspecies are already extinct, The Bali tiger and the Javan tiger.

The six remaining subspecies are all classified as endangered by IUCN, the Sumatran Tiger which is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is critically endangered, with only 500-600 individuals in the wild. 

So why are tigers in this mess? Habitat degradation. Deforestation and poaching. Tigers are naturally solitary and each one requires his/her own manor, so to speak. Each animal has it’s own territory and they get very upset if another tiger walks into its backyard. There is some toleration and indeed some territories of tigers overlap. But as you can appreciate tigers need space, and plenty of it. The space that tigers need does not fit well with the sprawl of humankind across the planet.

See more of Daniel’s work here.

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March 28th, 2011
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My new (to-me) artist of the day is photographer and animal rights activist Traer Scott, of Rhode Island.

An excerpt from her website: 

Traer Scott is a Rhode Island based photographer and author of the bestselling books Shelter Dogs (Merrell Publishers 2006), and Street Dogs (October 2007). Specializing in narrative and editorial portraiture as well as animal photography, her work has been featured in Life, Vogue, People, O, the British Journal of Photography and dozens of other national and international publications. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been held in New York, Providence and Tokyo. Her third book Wild Horses; Endangered Beauty was released in October 2008.

Scott was the recipient of the 2008 Helen Woodward Humane Award for animal welfare activism and was most recently awarded the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts 2010 Photography Fellowship Grant.

(Source: nevver)

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