Monday, September 14, 2015

I Like Turtles

So I think it's time for a big life update after not posting in here for 9 months (new record)!  Most of you know this, but I started a new job as a sea turtle nesting surveyor last March, and I've become prettyyyy turtle crazy.  But while sea turtles are wonderful, this job has helped me re-discover my general love for animals, and more specifically, my passion for helping endangered species.  Mass extinction, rampant poaching, and the negative ways we affect our surrounding ecosystems (which this cartoon portrays perfectly), have been big topics floating around lately, and on a large scale, they seem insurmountable.  But after seeing this record breaking season for our sea turtles' first-hand, it's given me a little glimmer of hope for the future.

In my very small effort to help save our beloved sea turtles, I wanted to use art to inspire people to care about them - and what better way to reach people than through a HUGE mural?!  I recently submitted three sea turtle designs to a mural contest in Downtown Melbourne, FL, and to my surprise all three were accepted!  The start date for my work is still TBA, but it will hopefully be in the near future.  So the next time you go out to eat, or get your car fixed, or just take a stroll, you can gaze up at these murals and remember that we share our shores with these prehistoric beauties.

Green Sea Turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle

And what better way to wrap up this post than with some badass murals of wildlife?

Right Whale Chalk Mural - Philippe Baudelocque
Ethereal Bird Mural - Eron
Green Sea Turtle Mural - Irony
Hawk Mural - Wes21
Pelican Mural- Dzia
Towering Fox Mural - Irony & Boe
Sting Ray Seascape Mural - Hannah Stouffer
Sting Ray Mural - Meggs
Whale Shark Mural - Cinzah Merkens