TITLE: Nez Perce Scout
The Nez Perce Indians lived in villages throughout the Plains west of the Rocky Mountains. They were the largest tribe Lewis and Clark met between the Missouri River and the Pacific Coast.
Under pressure by the European-Americans, the Nez Perce split into two groups: those who accepted relocation to a reservation and those who refused to give up their fertile land. The harrowing flight of the “renegade” Nez Perce began on June 15, 1877. Chief Joseph, Looking Glass, White Bird, Ollokot, Poker Joe and Toohoolhoolzote lead 2,900 men, women and children hoping to find a peaceful sanctuary. After their Crow allies refused them shelter, they tried to reach Lakota Chief Sitting Bull in Canada. Chief Sitting Bull had migrated there instead of surrendering after the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
In their epic flight to freedom, over 2,000 U.S. soldiers pursued the Nez Perce for more than 1,170 miles across four states and multiple mountain ranges. The 800 Nez Perce warriors held off the pursuing troops in 18 battles, skirmishes, and engagements. More than 300 US soldiers and 1,000 Nez Perce (including women and children) were killed in these conflicts.
The surviving Nez Perce were finally forced to surrender on October 5, 1877, in Montana, just 40 miles from the Canada–US border. Chief Joseph surrendered to General Oliver O. Howard of the U.S. Cavalry after the Battle of the Bear Paw Mountains. During the surrender negotiations, Chief Joseph sent a dispatch to the US soldiers. Often described as a speech, it has become renowned as one of the greatest American speeches: "...Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."
TITLE: Voyage of the Arctic Tern
Storms, heavy rain, snow, high winds, and bitter-cold temperatures do not deter the journey of the arctic tern, as it spends most of the year soaring over cold waters far offshore. The arctic tern breeds on coasts of the arctic tundra, New England, Washington, and Britain north to the northernmost limits of land, and spends the rest of the year at sea. Its 44,100 mile round trip takes it to every ocean, and to the vicinity of every continent. This digital painting is entitled, “Voyage of the Arctic Tern.”
TITLE: Sunset at Pelican Cove
Caladesi Island, Honeymoon Island, and Anclote Key are three mostly undeveloped and protected barrier islands of Florida’s Suncoast near Clearwater and Tarpon Springs. Honeymoon Island is the only one that has road access. The main attraction for most visitors are the wonderful beaches on Honeymoon Island. But for those who love wildlife and flora, there are two great hiking trails – the Osprey Trail and Pelican Cove Trail. Each lead to the north tip of a peninsula that juts out into St. Joseph Sound. My favorite place is hidden along the Pelican Cove Trail. After hiking through the slash pines, the cabbage palms, and the swaying sea oats, the trail tracks along the cove. Just yards off the trail, I found this special place, where the pelicans come to dine on small bait fish and lounge in the Florida sun. Other than hiking the 3 mile trail, only a small boat can access this picturesque inlet.
TITLE: Portrait of Leonard Cohen
The death of Leonard Cohen profoundly touched people around the world. As poet, novelist, musician, painter, and a late-starting singer-songwriter, Montreal’s most beloved son left an indelible mark on the past half a century. According to the pop culture in 1967, an artist in his thirties was considered old. However, when his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" was released, they outlasted almost all of his contemporaries. His creative force and cultural presence mushroomed. Beyond the melodies, the lyrics, and his low voice, his insightful music was deeply spiritual without parochial ties to any religion. Many consider “Hallelujah” from his studio album Various Positions in 1984 his most famous song. This is Spadecaller's "Portrait of Leonard Cohen."
TITLE: The White Hummingbird
In early June of 2016, a rare white Anna’s hummingbird appeared in the arboretum at the University of California. This was the first recorded sighting of this rare and beautiful bird in Santa Cruz. Since then, thousands of bird enthusiasts have come to see the exceptional bird.
Roseate Spoonbill populations are declining in the estuary sandwiched between the Everglades, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Keys. Poor water management in the Everglades has dramatically altered water depths and salinity levels in Florida Bay. For a wading bird on a special diet, this is life threatening. “I think the public says, ‘The Everglades are a national park, everything’s okay,’ ” says wildlife conservation biologist, Mac Stone. “But if you don’t protect the water—the life source—coming to it, you’ve got nothing. You can put up as many fences, signs, whatever. None of it matters if you don’t have the water.”
In addition to the precarious existence of these beautiful birds, there’s more at stake. The Florida Bay and the greater Everglades provides millions of dollars to the state’s economy through recreation, tourism, and commercial fishing; this has activated teams of scientists. The survival of the spoonbills, will only come with the survival of the everglades. “Spoonbills have become the indicator for the overall health of the Everglades,” explains Stone. “They’re representative of the whole ecosystem. They require the fish, and the fish require the submerged aquatic vegetation, and the submerged aquatic vegetation requires the input of freshwater.” The warning is quite clear; “As goes the spoonbill, so goes the bay.” This image is a digital composite and painting that includes a modified digital reproduction of Tropical Landscape ii (1855) by Frederic Edwin Church.
Title: Ashararaptor Nest
TITLE; the jeuter barrier reef
Jeuter Reef is located in the warm waters of the Leshuna Ocean on planet Hasporth. Much of the planet is primarily tropical and subtropical with mild winters. The land is covered by rainforests populated by birds and small amphibians. Hasporth is in a vast solar system with twenty-two other planets. Its gravity is about 2.48 times that of Earth and is 1.3 times bigger. At least 75% of the planet is covered by water. Hidden in the depths of this planet's seven oceans are many gorgeous corals and sea anemones. There is an abundance of small brilliantly colored reef fish with some larger predator fish that roam the reefs. This is a digital painting of an imaginary underwater world far, far off in another galaxy.