Drawn to Water

Being drawn to water is how I came to live in the Low Country. There are numerous species of animals and plants that are also drawn to South Carolina waterways; salt marshes, sandy beaches, hardwood swamps and black water rivers.

 

Two threatened species, the piping plover and red knot are examples of the many birds that spend the winter on the coast.  Besides wintering here birds, as well as insects, fish, mammals, etc. breed here, stop here on their migration route or live here year round. According to the Department of Natural Resources, in Charleston County, there are approximately 16 bird, 5 amphibian, 7 reptile and 10 mammal and 68 plant species listed as rare, threatened or endangered. Its a delicate balance in the ecosystem, affecting us near and far, all interconnected, micro to macro.

 

Aside from the inherent aesthetic allure of creating paintings with some of the creatures surrounding us, also wanted to display them as a subtle reminder that we are responsible for the decline in their populations, but we can also be responsible for the conservation and rebuilding of the habitats and thus the populations of the flora and fauna that live here with us.

Illusio

Illusio

12" x 24" acrylic on canvas John J. Audubon writes about his friend Reverend John Bachman first discovering this Bachman's Warbler in 1833, a few miles from Charleston, South Carolina, a major breeding ground. It is thought to be extinct with the degradation of its breeding grounds, with the last (unconfirmed) sighting in 1988. Many of the once abundant freshwater Pygmy Sunfish species, like the Carolina Pygmy Sunfish, are on threatened and endangered watch lists.

Silver Sea Bass Message

Silver Sea Bass Message

9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Atlantic Moonfish Message

Atlantic Moonfish Message

9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Peacock Bass Message

Peacock Bass Message

8" x 10" acrylic on canvas

Summer Flounder

Summer Flounder

9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Red Balloon (Jack Crevalle)

Red Balloon (Jack Crevalle)

8" x 10" acrylic on canvas

Yellow Umbrella (Saucer-eyed Porgy)

Yellow Umbrella (Saucer-eyed Porgy)

4" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Illuminate Extinguish

Illuminate Extinguish

12" x 4" acrylic on canvas The Fin Whale is an endangered species and is the 2nd largest animal after a Blue Whale. Whaling is one cause of its decline...this painting recalls the use of whale oil to illuminate lamps.

Water Bearer (Eastern Cottontail)

Water Bearer (Eastern Cottontail)

4" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Royal Bear Surf

Royal Bear Surf

12" x 22" acrylic on wood

Lonesome George

Lonesome George

4' x 12" acrylic on canvas Lonesome George was the last of a subspecies of Pinta Island Turtle (Galápagos Islands) which went extinct in 2012.

Octopus Anchor

Octopus Anchor

9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Piping Plover Halo

Piping Plover Halo

5" x 7" acrylic on wood This shorebird is a threatened species here on the Atlantic coast.Threats to these birds include disturbance to nesting areas, coastal development, and degradation of foraging areas from shoreline modification.

Red Knot Horse Shoe

Red Knot Horse Shoe

9" x 12" acrylic on canvas The Red Knot breed in the tundra of the high Arctic. A large portion of the species travel thousands of miles to spend the winter in the southern part of South America including Brazil and Tierra del Fuego, while another portion of the species spends the winter on the southeastern coast of the U.S. including South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Overall, the number of Red Knots has declined nearly 85% over the last 15 years.

Flamingo Halo

Flamingo Halo

4" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Fish Dream II

Fish Dream II

8" x 8" acrylic on wood

Fish Dream I

Fish Dream I

8" x 8" acrylic on wood

Little Blue Heron Time

Little Blue Heron Time

4' x 12" acrylic on canvas

Blue Heron Time

Blue Heron Time

4" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Snow Egret Time

Snow Egret Time

4" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Jellyfish Sketch IV

Jellyfish Sketch IV

5" x 7" mixed media (these are from an ongoing series of paintings done on "up-cycled" postcards leftover from art shows past)

Jellyfish Sketch III

Jellyfish Sketch III

5" x 7" mixed media (these are from an ongoing series of paintings done on "up-cycled" postcards leftover from art shows past)

Jellyfish Sketch II

Jellyfish Sketch II

5" x 7" mixed media (these are from an ongoing series of paintings done on "up-cycled" postcards leftover from art shows past)

Jellyfish Sketch I

Jellyfish Sketch I

5" x 7" mixed media (these are from an ongoing series of paintings done on "up-cycled" postcards leftover from art shows past)

Jellyfish Sketch VI

Jellyfish Sketch VI

5" x 7" mixed media (these are from an ongoing series of paintings done on "up-cycled" postcards leftover from art shows past)

Goldfish Blue Green II

Goldfish Blue Green II

8" x 8", mixed media on wood panel

Green Fish Autumn

Green Fish Autumn

8" x 8", mixed media on wood panel

Goldfish Blue Green

Goldfish Blue Green

8" x 8", mixed media on wood panel

Goose Tub

Goose Tub

5" x 7" acrylic on wood

Snow Goose Tub

Snow Goose Tub

5" x 7" acrylic on wood

Black Swan Spring

Black Swan Spring

6" x 8" acrylic on wood

White Swan Spring

White Swan Spring

6" x 8" acrylic on wood

Messenger

Messenger

4" x 12" acrylic on canvas

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Lisa M. Shimko              vertindigo@gmail.com             South Carolina, USA