Stone the Crows by Victoria Velozo

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Artist Bio:
In her works, Victoria Velozo bridges reality and imagination- painting realistic elements of nature with overlays of contrasting collage and watercolor features. Victoria draws on her university degree in fine arts to stimulate care and concern for native grasslands in this collection of works. She is a full time Australian artist specializing in a blend of traditional and abstract contemporary art. Victoria often exhibits internationally. However, this is her first unrepresented show in USA.

Artist Statement:
In this body of work I hope to encourage a connection to the environment. In their non-disturbed state grassy plains are magnificent, and vibrant parts of biological tapestry. Once covering vast tracts of the continent’s plains. The grassland are now among the most vulnerable and endangered habitats due to urbanization. I express the rugged beauty by focusing on the birds and animals that live in this environment. I include birds such as eagles, crows and ravens to bring energy and create interest and narrative although there is also an undertone of the smaller birds struggle.

People are growing aware of the need to protect our coral reefs, our forests and our grassland plains. Our environment is being discussed more and more, and I hope to stimulate care and concern for this beautiful habitat in this collection of works.

Additional Info:
Crows and Ravens to bring energy and create interest and narrative although there is also an undertone of the to the smaller birds struggle. It has been observed that ravens will take lighted twigs to start grassland fires to flush out small animals to hunt. Symbolism associated with the Raven can date back for centuries… The Raven is a symbol of intelligence and wisdom.

All you gardener’s also might notice the rose-hips and wonder what they are doing in the grasslands! I wanted to raise awareness that the grasslands are on the endangered list due to urbanization. Nothing is more symbolic of urban gardens than a cultured rose against wild grass. However, I thought the rose seed pod might be a more subtle fit.
I also used watercolor little subtle birds to indicate that they are a much forgotten casualty when their habitat is lost.
I hope to stimulate care and concern for this beautiful habitat in this collection of works.

Contact Info: 
Website: https://www.velozoart.com/

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