Tropical species are so beautiful that it’s hard not to be inspired by them, particularly when seen in their natural habitat. They are emotional beings clothed in a natural tapestry of color, patterns, and designs. These species are among the most celebrated animals in Costa Rica and other parts of Latin America. We should do our part to preserve their habitat and give them all the room to live as they were intended to live – free and unfettered by human interference. I think of the circle of life as being a healthy and natural balance, where each species is given the opportunity to be born, to live, to give birth, and to die free. Our behavior as a species has been at odds with this natural balance, and, rather than facilitating a circle of life, we are simply disrupting and dismantling life until species no longer have the opportunity to be born and to live freely. Living in Costa Rica allowed me the opportunity to see wildlife in its natural setting. It helped me understand why birds should not be caged, why land should be protected, and why more abundant wildlife creates a more beautiful and awe-inspiring world. More important than the beauty of wildlife, however, is the understanding that there are emotions behind those eyes. No species should ever fall outside the circle of life.
48″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas