Ivory Billed Woodpeckers

2005, oil and alkyd on wood, 16” x 20”

This picture was created in 2005, when a story broke in the New York Times about the possible sighting of an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Big Woods region of eastern Arkansas. Woodpeckers forage for food and nest in holes in standing deadwood. In the past, forest managers have tended to remove dead, fallen or snagged trees in hopes of suppressing wildfires. Although sadly the sighting seems to be erroneous, this picture still represents our sincere hope that nature is more resilient than it appears.