The turtle is an ancient creature whose first ancestors roamed our world over two hundred million years ago. Although three hundred and sixty species are currently in existence, that figure is set to fall with the impact of climate change and human pressure.
Turtles can be tiny or large, live most of their lives on land, in freshwater, or in the salty waters of the ocean. They breathe air, yet are accomplished swimmers. They carry their home under their belly and upon their back. Some have feet, others have flippers. This diverse and rich species appeals to humans because of their easy going demeanour, and perhaps because their means of defence is passive rather than aggressive.
I have approached this artwork in a way that shows the turtle to be a vibrant creature. While no turtle has this form, markings, or colour, by showing these so forcefully and decoratively, I hope the image catches the imagination.
Once a person begins to look more closely at the artwork, perhaps they will also begin to consider this creature's value, our privilege in sharing a world so full with such extraordinary life, and how our daily actions, even those modest things we do such as using less and reusing more, has the potential to keep creatures like the turtle from disappearing into distant memory...
Mike de Sousa
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