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OR-54
by Brenna Litynski
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Title:
OR-54

Author:
Brenna Litynski

Description:
OR-54 was a grey wolf that died after traveling nearly 9000 in search of a mate. I created this painting in honor of her and other wolves that fight for survival. Like wolves, green represents a balance between strength and delicacy. Just like comparing a great oak tree to a fragile green seed, wolves are as much a force of nature as they are an endangered species. The color green depicts powerful, often magical things that we don’t always understand but know to be extraordinary. The ‘green fire’ that Aldo Leopold discusses in his writing is fascinating. It not only represents the wolf’s connection to the natural world, but also the inner essence or soul of the wolf. In his book A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold recognized the great ecological purpose wolves held. Leopold knew of the cascade effect that spiraled from the wolves, to the deer, to the plants. He expressed his own remorse at killing a wolf, and Leopold saw the effects on the environment after wolves from all over the country were eliminated from their ecosystems. Wolves are a keystone species in that they are critical to balancing population levels in their ecosystem. For this reason, I have also decided to include ravens in my painting for the symbiotic relationship they share with wolves.
Description:
OR-54 was a grey wolf that died after traveling nearly 9000 in search of a mate. I created this painting in honor of her and other wolves that fight for survival. Like wolves, green represents a balance between strength and delicacy. Just like comparing a great oak tree to a fragile green seed, wolves are as much a force of nature as they are an endangered species. The color green depicts powerful, often magical things that we don’t always understand but know to be extraordinary. The ‘green fire’ that Aldo Leopold discusses in his writing is fascinating. It not only represents the wolf’s connection to the natural world, but also the inner essence or soul of the wolf. In his book A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold recognized the great ecological purpose wolves held. Leopold knew of the cascade effect that spiraled from the wolves, to the deer, to the plants. He expressed his own remorse at killing a wolf, and Leopold saw the effects on the environment after wolves from all over the country were eliminated from their ecosystems. Wolves are a keystone species in that they are critical to balancing population levels in their ecosystem. For this reason, I have also decided to include ravens in my painting for the symbiotic relationship they share with wolves.