The Poisoner by Lynnette Shelley

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19 × 12.5 inches approx. Mixed media (oil pastels, colored pencils, liquid gold and silver leaf) on Canson paper. Some scratchwork textures were also created with an exacto knife.

In light of the recent environmental disaster of the Gulf Coast oil spill, I thought I’d create a symbolic artwork representing the perils of pollution to such fragile ecosystems.

Here, the black heron represents pollution, signified by his oily black color and the black stylized water ripples reaching out to the clean silver waves inhabited by the white heron. A dying fish is shown floating in the foreground. A golden sun is setting in a darkening purple sky.

According to the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge , great white herons are a white color-phase of great blue herons and are only found in the Florida Keys.

An accident, such as an oil spill, would have terrible consequences on such niche location birds. In addition, other birds such as pelicans and sea birds, as well as water-dwelling mammals and fish (sea turtles, shrimps, crabs) would also be badly affected by such pollution. This would also affect humans in the tourism and fishing industries and local economies.

Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    Superb work

  • thanks Martina

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    Powerful and carries an urgent message!!

  • Thanks Kay

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago
  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful on so many levels. My heart is sickened every single time I listen to new coverage on this spill. So many birds are in their nesting phase in the wetlands areas and won’t leave their nests. It is just so sad.

  • I saw some amateur video footage that a local pilot made and the oil spill is way worse than BP is letting on.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Lynsye Medalia
    Lynsye Medaliaover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love that you have done this! I’m with Tammy, it makes me sick everytime I hear aobut this. If one pipe can bust and cause these problems, I do hope that they are looking into the other spots where we take oil from……we don’t need this to happen more than once.

  • exactly!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    This is such a heartbreaking incident. This is a gorgeous work of art for a horrible accident.

  • Thank you Bunny

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 4 years ago

    This is a really, really beautiful series you are producing Lynette……beautiful compositions too and love the patterns you’ve incorporated into them

  • Thank you Tahnja. I appreciate you saying so

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisover 4 years ago
    Beautiful composition is such a contrast of what it really represents…such a tragic loss!
  • Thank you Margaret

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 4 years ago

    You are truly unstoppable! Rock on widyobadseff!!!!!

  • lol jerry

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    wonderful current and creative work well done Lynette !!LIZ

  • thank you Liz

    – Lynnette Shelley

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