Black acrylic ink and watercolours on Arches 300g smooth (hot-pressed) watercolour paper. Original size 5 × 6 inches.
The world is currently experiencing the worst biodiversity crisis in 65 million years. Amphibians are leading this anthropogenic catastrophe, with more species endangered or extinct than in any other vertebrate class. Next to habitat loss, the fungal skin disease, chytridiomycosis is the primary cause of declines. While we can breed some species in captivity, until we can combat the disease which is threatening them in the wild, reintroduction attempts are largely unsuccessful.
This painting is dedicated to S. Cashins, in recognition of the innumerable hours he continues to spend in patient and tireless devotion to the cause of abating amphibian declines.