Artist: Pamela DeJong  
  Statement: My inspiration comes from a fascination of birds, wildlife, and sea-life living along side of us day to day. Observing their habits for enjoyment and creating them in my work connects me to their habitat. Climate change and toxins seeping into the aquafers, estuaries, brackish ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans has occurred right before our eyes. My paintings are also meant to indirectly address my deep concern about human health as it pertains to toxins in our environment. Thinking of the future for my grandchildren, and their grandchildren, and as an artist, healer, and educator, my message is that we have work to do. The earth is in toxic crisis and I want my art to help people to think about their environment.  
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