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Puaiohi family by PonderosaPower
Puaiohi family
Critically endangered puaiohi, native only to the Alakai swamp of Kauai.

Watercolor and pen
'Alala by PonderosaPower
'Alala, or the Hawaiian crow, is a corvid endemic to Hawai'i and extinct in the wild. They are slowly recovering with the Hawai'i Endangered Bird Conservation Program's captive breeding program and are currently at about 120 individuals.

Watercolor pen and ink
The few of you that follow my work probably noticed a couple themes going on lately... birds and food.

I just finished an internship working with cranes at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans. It was an amazing experience and I've translated a lot of that into my work, with numerous watercolors of cranes and other birds at the institute. I'm not finished... I still have a few more ideas that haven't been put down on paper.

As for the food... everyone gets natural highs in life. I am blessed to feel this way about many things, but two of the causes happen to be finishing a piece of art and eating certain foods. I will slowly be building a portfolio of favorite endorphine-releasing foods.

I just started my avian field tech position in New Mexico, so don't be surprised to find some desert work, and obviously, more birds in my gallery.

I am happy for such a high rate of completed paintings in the last six months, but especially so because I feel I am finally homing in on a more personal style of work. I believe I have several styles of quality work, but I feel like my most recent work is honest, personal, and relieving. I've been waiting for this day for some while, and I'm excited to see where this style continues to take me.


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Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am a recent college graduate serving as a seasonal biological technician (aka nomadic conservationist) until I go back to grad school. I work primarily with endangered species, and have worked in Arizona, Alaska, North Carolina, New Orleans, New Mexico, Washington, Hawai'i, and Georgia. I get a lot of artistic inspiration from my work, but I also get a significant amount from music, stories, and legends. I believe that art and science can go hand in hand, continuously inspiring and complimenting each other.

I spent a year as a glass blowing apprentice and that was one of the most awe-inspiring experiences I've had, but with the economy the way it is, that position was only temporary. I've also dabbled a good bit in printmaking and photography while in school. I admire all forms of art really, but watercolor, although it may not be my strength, is by far the medium I connect with most closely. The properties of water are so wild and uncontained, yet manipulatable; always lucid.

Current Residence: Chandler, AZ
Favourite genre of music: The good kind
Favourite style of art: Impressionism/Expressionism
Personal Quote: "If you never go out on a limb, you will never reach the fruit in life"

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Cuthillius Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haaaaappy birthday to you!
scatbadh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have some great art, I like your style. Best of luck and keep up the good work.
PonderosaPower Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cuthillius Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot believe you don't have way more watchers.
PonderosaPower Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Cuthilius :) I guess I don't actively try to get a ton of followers since I don't usually sell my art, but I appreciate your thought. You've got some beautiful stuff in your gallery, too!
Cuthillius Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But it's lovely stuff.... Especially the cranes and owl.
Lila-Hani Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 OMG thanks for all these faves :iconrlyplz:
PonderosaPower Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I love your style :)
CyprianMielczarek Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Photographer
News soon :) Welcome :)
gabbzrose Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the favorite :) Have a great day! 
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