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The Call of the WILD

Welcome to the Call of the Wild – themed gallery competition. We called on artists to submit artwork that focuses on the beauty of animals and their environments. We encouraged the exploration of the ethical and spiritual topics such as habitat destruction or reincarnation. We also asked that our artists keep in mind the relationship between animals and humans and the narrative of the artwork. We are very excited for all of the talented artists who answered the Call of the Wild. Enjoy!

 

Prizes

Grand Prize $75 - Kenda Francis [Golden Juma with Monarchs]

Honorable Mention $40 - Tanner Blackwell [Misplaced]

Double Take $20 - Danny Potter [Young Buck]

Popular Vote (TBD) - Samantha Bias [Clemency]

 

Hello Artists! Thank you so much for your patience and participation. We have announced the winners for the Call of the WILD gallery event! Please take a moment to look at the gallery page. We will be contacting the winners individually regarding award processing. For this show we wanted to do something special, so for each of your works we have selected some of the feedback from our voters to share with you. Art is so important and we love having the opportunity to share your work with our community. We hope to see each of you again in future events but until then keep up the great work and make art, not war!

ARTISTS

Ashley B Nagel

Dany Potter

Elaina Acosta Ford

Jacqueline Del Curto

Kenda Francis

Miriam Owen

Rebecca Swenson

Samantha Bias

Savannah Schroll Guz

Tanner Blackwell

Vega Davis

Zdenka Nyburg

Anonymous

SquidInk Staff

Tanner Blackwell

Misplaced

Woodcut, Letterpress, Artists’ book

 

Misplaced is a collection of reduction woodcuts paired with poetry. The recurrent process of whittling away paired with the evolution of colors over a single matrix reveals a skeleton of the original form. This process is reminiscent of my own childhood memories watching an animal decompose on the side of the road. Misplaced examines the relationship between deterioration and construction. Oftentimes it is the criticisms of those closest to us, those who know us best, to move us forward.

“Amazing mixture of media…”

“Beautifully morbid…”

“I really enjoyed the texture from the wood cuts and the unique sub straight.”

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Miriam Owen
Dogs at the Beach
Monoprint oil-based ink

This print was inspired by the joy of my dog running free on the beach. Her joy becomes mine as well. My intention in creating this print is to share that exuberance and pleasure with the viewer. This monoprint is created by rolling oil-based inks onto a Plexiglas plate. I also use templates for the dogs which I lay onto the plate. All of the dogs at the beach are my dog Pumpkin, so it is with a touch of humor that I refer to this as dogs not dog….I use BFK Reeves archival print paper which I lay over the plate on a press. With a roll of the spoke, the ink is transferred from plate to paper, making a one of a kind print.

“I can feel the movement of the water… wonderful composition!”

“…It’s almost like its alive!”

“The contours of the dogs and the washes of color make me nostalgic…like a memory of a photograph.”

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Samantha Bias

Clemency

Watercolor and ink on clay board

 

My inspiration for this piece is the symbolism of the bird being of freedom and the messenger. Yet depicted the bird is on fire. It is the notion reality settling in to the free bird as the possibility of flying too high to the sun or the reality of our environment in desperate need of help. There is a certain calm that the bird has as it lands to the depths below. I have always been attracted to flying creatures and the idea of being between heaven and earth.

“Love the colors and the ink just runs beautifully!”

 “I enjoy the composition, positive and negative space as well as the subject itself. I feel it sends a great message…”

“…This piece resonates with me on both a visual and emotional level…”

“Sam Bias is an asset to the Cleveland artist community…we love her so much we will always support her.”

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Zdenka Nyburg

Heron and the Scarab

Acrylic on canvas

 

In this piece I held close my three animal spirit cards; the heron, the scarab and the lion. It evolved to link the past indigenous peoples and my present inspiration of animal spirit cards following the New Moon on November 7, 2018. I wanted to portray a simplicity with the common ferns found in the Northwest while linking my Oregon roots to the possibility of a brighter future. My hope for this piece was to create a quiet determination to be brought to the viewer in order to remember the beauty and also what is unseen is not nonexistent.

“…I can feel the energy and determination that the artist puts into the painting…spectacular.”

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Zdenka Nyburg

Heron Soul
Acrylic on canvas

November 7, 2018 was the New Moon in Scorpio. This moon brought with it a deep desire to clear meaningful relationships and move forward in a new light. I felt a craving to balance my crown chakra and pull out my animal spirit cards. I sat under this new moon and gravitated towards the Heron, Scarab and Lion cards. The heron; a symbol of feminine energy and regeneration. The lion, represents strength and courage. The scarab wielding the power of the sun and resurrection. I held these cards close, and soon was directed to the call for artists submissions titled “Call of the Wild”. I chose the heron in this pose because I resonate with it the most. Perhaps because they are present in my everyday life when I see them fly over the lake each morning on the drive in to town. Also, because I needed its strength of regeneration from old wounds and finding the feminine energy within myself as I prepared to enter the New Year.

“I fell in love with this piece…”

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Zdenka Nyburg

Ghost Trees

Acrylic on canvas

 

It is 10 miles each way to town, on some of the quiet mornings filled with dew and mist, I only see the trees. Other days I see the scars of human existence in the landscape. From this conflicted place of embracing the evolution of humanity and mourning the innocence of nature, I created Ghost Trees. I wanted the indigenous people of our land to have a place and to see what we have done and hopefully inspire the viewer to remember the importance and price of all things that we often take for granted.

“I connected with the feeling and meaning of the loss of the trees…”

 “The dissonance in this piece calls me out of complacency, reminding me what WAS can never be replaced…”

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Anonymous

Snow Fox

Watercolor on canson paper

 

A curious snow covered fox stares playfully. A fox is sly, playfull, cunning and curious. What are you?

For this piece I used Winsor & Newton watercolor pigments. I used a variety of techniques to create the layering of the fur, I started with wet on wet and then layered dry brush strokes over it in various colors. I was very playful and messy while I created this painting. I wanted to capture the essence of the fox and its spirit. 

“Love the brush strokes creating the fur texture…”

Anonymous

Perched Finch

Watercolor and White Ink on canson paper

“I like the looseness of the plum lines... creating anticipation and liveliness.”

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Ashley B Nagel

Sails to the Sea
Photography

I have always been drawn to the water; the creatures that thrive in the various bodies of water around the world (are) each unique just like the people that live so close yet so far away. The Jellyfish is one of the most understood sea-creatures known to man. In the past it has been demonized and hated, but in recent years scientist(s) have learned that even the brainless jellyfish has its place in its community, playing a key part in their delicate ecosystem of the sea by being bot protector and prey. While jellyfish are widely considered to not be endangered, they are still at risk of losing their homes to pollution and global warming.

 

“Beautifully calm…”

“I liked the anticipation of movement. You know and can feel what the jellyfish will do next…”

Ashley B Nagel
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Photography

I have always had a deep connection to the water and the things that lurk just below the surface. The octopus is a highly intelligent and adaptable creature dwelling on the floor and in the caves of most oceans and seas throughout the globe. While many species of octopus are not considered to be endangered because of their exceptional survival abilities; it is still important to keep these squishy eight-armed cephalopods in mind during ocean conservation efforts.

 

“I have also always found the ocean both fascinating and terrifying and I felt that her piece captured both of those feelings…”

“This piece caught my eye immediately…the subject resonated with me.”

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Vega Davis

Indigo Study Wolf  #11

Watercolor on Watercolor paper

 

My interest in creating small watercolor animal illustrations was born from the exploration of the classic children’s tale “Little Red Riding Hood”. I was particularly interested in exploring the unrevealed side of the subjects: the way innocence comes with sin, softness with danger. In my attempt to softness and humanize the wolf, I excluded Black, limited my palette to Indigo, and worked in small scale. My intention is to seduce the viewer with a visual that reflects the essence of the animals rather than be representational. Simultaneously I seek for solidity and fluidity. The surface, which can be viewed as the openness of the landscape in which the animals exist becomes part of the image as I integrate the white of the background as an element equal to the paint. Within limited brushstrokes, my intention is to honor my subjects and to acknowledge the force and beauty of nature.

“The simplicity of the form and the posture of the figure makes this a very iconic composition… I love it.”

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Vega Davis

Indigo Study Wolf #9

Watercolor on Watercolor paper

“The brush strokes and the wolf in motion caught my attention. Beautiful piece!”

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Vega Davis

Indigo Study Wolf #1

Watercolor on Watercolor paper

“The work looks effortless and organic…”

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Rebecca Swenson

Spitfire

Watercolor and Ink

 

Earlier in 2018, the famous she-wolf ‘Spitfire’ was shot in Yellowstone National Park. I’d been following the wolves since they were reintroduced in 2012, and made this as a memorial to her. She was uncharacteristically large for a wolf and was a great leader with many offspring. She was shot by a hunter two miles outside the park and now her pack is separated and at risk. Wolves are very important to the natural ecosystem as apex predators and brig many animals back by bringing nature into balance.

“It's a beautiful tribute to a tragic event…”

“Beautiful water color painting…”

“This piece really speaks to me.”

Elaina Acosta Ford

Bernie the Coyote and the Wolf

Colored pencil on wood

 

At the top of Bernal Hill in San Francisco lives a coyote Bernie (affectionately named by me). The idea of this wild animal coexisting with city folk fascinated my young son, Wolfie. Unfortunately, Wolfie has not yet caught a glimpse of him. In this piece, I imagined my son’s ecstatic reaction to meeting Bernie. Bernie may desire a peaceful union with humans, but more than likely would want to run from us, or perhaps destroy us- at least the mainstream and commercialized part of our world.

“…heart warming and loved the details…”

“I love the narrative of this piece… this picture says a thousand words.”

 

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Elaina Acosta Ford
Pop
Colored pencil on wood

Throughout my life, porcupines have scurried through my dreams and nightmares. In some instances, they frighten me. In others, they delight me. Over time, the porcupine, with its prickly exterior juxtaposed with its soft and furry body has become my spirit animal. I can identify with an existence in which you want to protect yourself from the pain and heartbreak of the world, but still desire the closeness and warmth of others. This image portrays the tension of the moment between when your dreams are so close that you can touch them and the instant they are about to be annihilated.

“This piece is so sad… the contrast in the colors makes me feel… I am the porcupine.”

“…my new spirit animal.”

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Elaina Acosta Ford

Zombie

Colored pencil on paper

 

Child rearing in the current dystopia is a nightmare. Endless amounts of screen time seem to desensitize us from it momentarily. When I was a kid, I remember fondly spending hours in front of the TV, being hypnotized and comforted by Muppets, MTV, and Mr. T. The one thing that saved me from becoming a zombie was the rainbow bars signaling it was time to go to close my eyes, or at least time to find a book. Here, perhaps a squirrel, a symbol of the natural world, can lure this little one outside to play.

“The contrast of bright colors and sad message drew me close to this piece…”

“I connected with the imagery and symbolism…”

 

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Golden Juma with Monarchs by Kenda Franc

Kenda Francis

Golden Juma with Monarchs

Acrylic Media on Canvas

 

Slinky, Stealthy, Shimmery and Strong

This painting is another homage to the beautiful jaguar named Juma that was shot during the torch lighting ceremony of the Brazilian Olympics in 2016. She had been transported from the zoo to represent the beauty and value of Brazil’s wilderness, but instead, she was shot and killed out of fear. She should have never been there. In this painting, she is alive and powerful. She saunters through a swirl of monarch butterflies and brush strokes of golds, silvers and bronze. She is royal and regal and she walks her path of freedom that she deserves.

 “This piece is incredibly beautiful with a good mixture of colours…”

“.. I felt as if the leopard was going to walk right out of the painting.”

“ ..I am dazzled by every inch of this artwork, from the fantastic beast, to the delicate butterflies to the layers of amazing stencil and (graffiti)…”

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Kenda Francis

Coyote vs. Man

Acrylic Media on Canvas (diptych)

 

I am a coyote, living along the border regions, the transition lines. Slinking through the dark neighborhoods and howling in the hills. I eat your pets when they are easier, than a rat, a rabbit, or a squirrel. I dwell in the wild side of your nature, treading balance in your spaces and as our territories overlap you fabricate stories of my savagery. Surviving is my life. Captured in the glaring headlights of the vehicles on the road, wary coyotes carefully dodge traffic to find dinner, or home, on the other side of the highway. Intense pinks, purples and blues indicate twilight in the landscape and the metallic coats of the coyotes shimmer and move in a glance. Rays of white and yellow depict the confusion of bright lights and the image is split into two canvasses to echo the duality of worlds the coyote travels within.

“…such nice details created and the blending of the colors.”

Kenda Francis

Stomping in LA

Acrylic Media on two canvases

 

Because I love our delicate planet and adore animals deeply, I find it painful to witness the damaging changes in our world.  I am driven to create art that asks my audience to observe not only the supreme beauty of animals, but also the struggles they endure to survive today.  I paint about animals that are killed as trophies, for their teeth, their horns, their coats, their tusks and even their fins.  I hope my viewers are attracted to the “street art” style of my work while they learn about amazing, sometimes hardly known animals or plights, and consider their own connection with the non-human living world. I show that animals are displaced by painting and drawing them in urban, graffiti filled environments.  I spray paint with multi-layered, hand cut stencils over brush strokes, paint drips, pen and pencil marks to reflect them living in human altered landscapes.  I hope viewers see and feel that animals are struggling, that they need our compassion that we cannot continue on our path of waste and apathy. 

 

With my work, I have mighty goals to illuminate, inspire, educate and donate.

“…very symbolic and inspiring.”

“…The image is so powerful yet innocent.”

“…The colors are amazing and the details are excellent…”

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Dany Potter
Young Buck
ER304L 1/16” Stainless Steel TIG Wire and Wood

Young Buck is an exploration in using geometric shapes to for complex structures. It is constructed using the Gas Tungsten Arc welding (GTAW) process to join the ER304L 1/16” stainless steel welding rods. All of the metal used for this piece is recycled. I enjoy giving new life to materials that might have otherwise been cast out. The inspiration for this piece comes from the novelty “hunting trophy” wall hangings. I wanted to create a very unique twist on this iconic piece, demonstrating that they can be cruelty free while still being a statement piece.
 

 “…The geometric patterns and the metal spoke to me…”

“Beautiful piece of art!”

“I love the three dimensions and tactile feel …”

“…I love everything about this. What an amazing conglomeration of opposing ideas.”

“… (The Artist) executed it beautifully”

“It's gorgeous and different... I love the complexity of this piece…”

Savannah Schroll Guz

Shakti Spirit Animal

Ink on Paper

 

Although not my spirit animal according to the shamanic calendar which is determined by birth date, the wolf is what I identify as my spirit animal because of its loyal nature, desire to protect and preserve the pack and fierce beauty. In this particular image, I depicted a “Wolf Woman” at sea. (It is) part of an ongoing series of women in water and men at sea that I began in 2013. This anthropomorphized wolf depicts my Shakti goddess energy, spirit animal.

“Incredible detail. Good composition... so cosmic and spiritual.”

“…Such detail which takes patience and focus…”

“The wolf is well executed and the moon is beautiful.”

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Jacqueline Del Curto

Stag of St. Eustace

Acrylic Paint

 

As a Catholic artist (I find) the stories and artwork embraced by the church during the Middle Ages and Renaissance thought provoking and inspiring. I take a special interest in saint stories that are little-known. According to tradition St. Eustace was a Roman soldier who converted to Christianity in the 2nd century AD, after happening upon a stag with a crucifix while on a hunting trip. Since the stag is rather fantastic, I chose muted colors and a simple design to offset my subject.

“Love the majesty of the Buck (Stag) and the story of St. Eustace….”

 “…she is a fantastic artist”

“It is a masterfully powerful piece!!...”

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Sydnie Sherman

Lily & The Elephant

Graphite, Watercolor, Digital Painting

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SquidInk Gallery Staff Member/Not eligible for award

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Sydnie Sherman

Lily & Tiger

Graphite, Watercolor, Digital Painting

SquidInk Gallery Staff Member/Not eligible for award

Sydnie Sherman

Lily & Spoonbill

Graphite, Watercolor, Digital Painting

SquidInk Gallery Staff Member/Not eligible for award

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