• Watercolor: Ellen McGaughey

    Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words.

                                                                              Aldo Leopold, "A Sand County Almanac"

    Ellen’s competence to paint Whooping Cranes comes from her ability to observe them (old painter's saying- Paint what you know!).