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Just after we finished building our house

Just after we finished building our house

Art is for the birds

Sometimes I, like many of my generation, feel overwhelmed and scared about the present state of our planet.

I often feel helpless—like no matter what small thing I do in my daily life to do “better,” I can’t control the big picture. So I’ve made it my mission to create artwork with a purpose. I hope each piece I create can be a call to action—whether it’s a change in perception, behavior, or inspiration to give or volunteer for a cause. Thanks to the support of folks who have enjoyed my work, I’ve been able to make donations to a variety of charities supporting both wildlife conservation efforts and the protection of sensitive habitats. I’m always looking for new issues to highlight, so if there is a cause dear to your heart that you feel gets no attention, I’d love to hear about it!

A bit about me: I live in a tiny house on wheels built by myself and my partner, Brandon, in western Washington state. I’ve got a background in wildlife biology and a lot of birding experience under my belt, and consider myself equal parts illustrator and naturalist.

If you’re interested in following along with my current projects, as well as learn a thing or two about birds and living tiny, follow me on Instagram @tinyhousebigwoods and Twitter @laurelmundyillo, or check out my Facebook page, Laurel Mundy Illustration.

Getting the evil eye from a Cooper's hawk

Getting the evil eye from a Cooper's hawk

Banding a Canada jay nestling

Banding a Canada jay nestling