A Quick Study of a Gila Woodpecker

A quick study of a Gila woodpecker in my desert yard.

Once upon a time, I was not a hereditary cancer advocate, I was a nature advocate, NPS volunteer artist, and an admirer of the magic and wonder of the natural world. My mantra was “Know nature. Learn to be still."

I was planning to retire from freelance illustrating -- and editors and art directors and agents and other gatekeepers-- and go on many nature adventures with my now late wife and just sketch nature for the sake of it. To just go out and paint “happy little trees” someplace in the wild.

My late wife’s hereditary cancer diagnosis changed everything. That's why I'm a hereditary cancer awareness and prevention advocate now.

I can still sketch nature, but something is missing.

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