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The Nebuleaux Showing its Finery (for E.O. Wilson)
The Nebuleaux Showing its Finery (for E.O. Wilson)
Graphite and watercolor on shaped paper
12 1/2 x 10 in.
2011

This painting, created at the ACRE Residency, is based on an 1835 engraving in R. Havell's A Collection of the Birds of Paradise. The print's original title was so wonderful that I could not resist appropriating it. With the bird of paradise's special elongated tail-feathers, I have spelled out "Biophilia," a term coined by the inimitable myrmecologist, naturalist, conservationist, and personal hero of mine, E. O. Wilson --- to whom this piece is dedicated.