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Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Print

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Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Print

50.00

This is an 8" x 10" hand-colored woodblock print on masa rice paper

ARTIST: MELISSA WASHBURN

I have lived in Northwest Indiana, not far from Lake Michigan, for over ten years now. I have always had a love of and curiosity about the natural world, and living in this unique, diverse ecosystem gives plenty of opportunity to bird watch, hike, and learn about all the things that run, fly, and grow here. Birds and insects are a favorite subject for my artwork, so when ESPP asked me to think about choosing an insect for my print, it didn’t take me long to settle on the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly. Dragonflies are fascinating to watch, and this species is named for its brilliant green eyes. Sadly, this dragonfly no longer lives my area, and is only surviving in small pockets in other parts of the Midwest due to destruction of the wetland habitat it prefers. 
Although I enjoy illustrating birds and animals in many different media, insects in particular make great subjects for relief printmaking. There is something incredibly soothing and meditative about cutting the wood block or linoleum block once the drawing is finalized, and the smell of ink and process of hand printing really helps me to slow down and enjoy the process of art making.

Melissa Washburn is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Northwest Indiana. She grew up in upstate New York, but has lived in the Midwest since 1996. Her work encompasses watercolor, mixed media, collage, printmaking, and digital work, and her favorite subjects are things that run, fly, or grow. Melissa is also co-founder of CSA Valpo, a unique local art buying program.

SPECIES: HINE'S EMERALD DRAGONFLY (Somatochlora hineana)


Population in the wild:  estimated 30,000 individuals globally; 20,000 of these may occur in Door County, Wisconsin where a 2003 study found that over 3000 individuals are hit and killed by cars each year.
Print Edition limited to: 50 hand-colored woodblock prints on masa rice paper
Threatened by: Habitat destruction (specifically draining of wetlands for human use), groundwater contamination from pesticides and other contaminants, off-road vehicle use. 
Habitat: Wetlands, spring-fed marshes, sedge meadows and open fields near forests. 
Remaining Range: Sites in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

 

CONSERVATION: THE WETLANDS INITIATIVE

Your purchase of this print will help support the work of The Wetlands Initiative; a group dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage. The Wetlands Initiative is rated a 4 star charity by charity navigator.

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