Southern California Natural Resources by Lysa DuCharme

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Lysa DuCharme Lysa is an adventure seeking artist and botanist who gains inspiration from her travels in diverse natural and cultural landscapes. Love of art has been with her since her Minnesotan childhood but it was moving to Colorado at twenty that really triggered the love for nature, wanderlust, and ultimate incorporation of the outdoors into her work. She specializes in acrylic paint but dabbles in color pencil, ink, watercolor, and graphic design. She is currently residing in CT. 
Design By:
Lysa DuCharme Lysa is an adventure seeking artist and botanist who gains inspiration from her travels in diverse natural and cultural landscapes. Love of art has been with her since her Minnesotan childhood but it was moving to Colorado at twenty that really triggered the love for nature, wanderlust, and ultimate incorporation of the outdoors into her work. She specializes in acrylic paint but dabbles in color pencil, ink, watercolor, and graphic design. She is currently residing in CT. 

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.

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Artist Statement

I initially created this for the pollinator partnership conference poster. I was inspired by my time spent working with the Bureau of Land Management in Palm Springs, CA. I would like to share the secrets and beauty of the Sonoran and the Colorado Desert regions. During this work, I was contributed to the Seeds of Success program, a National program with the goals of preserving genetic material of native plant populations. This taught me much about the landscape, the plants, their seeds, and the wildlife of the region. Getting up close and personal with these plants just accentuates their beauty; seeds are so amazingly intricate and lovely. I really tried to highlight this in the poster by incorporating seeds I saw, including indigo bush, pincushion, brittlebush, brown-eyed primrose, among others. Additionally, brittlebush and indigo bush are important pollen and nectar sources for native bees and for restoration. The oases, marshes, and riparian areas of the desert are fragile and create homes for many birds and even the Western yellow bat, which resides in the safety of the California fan palm skirts. The Western yellow bat feeds on insects and could be potentially feeding on agricultural pests, especially since in such close proximity to fields and orchards. Western yellow bats are threatened by the cosmetic trimming of palm skirt fronds and the use of pesticides on date palms. One of the many birds inhabiting these riparian areas is the American goldfinch, which feeds on seeds from a variety of asters, grasses, and trees. These native birds feed and create nests from native plants but will also choose invasive thistles. This creates an interesting problem ecologically because we will want to preserve our native bird but must restore habitats to encourage the goldfinch to select native plant species. — Lysa DuCharme