Designed to highlight a few of the magnificent yet vulnerable species at risk in British Columbia, Canada, this nature-focused painting has also been created in honour of Dr. David Suzuki. His tireless efforts and remarkable achievements have garnered respect throughout the science and environmental communities. As a widely recognized world leader in sustainable ecology, he is devoted to bringing awareness to the public regarding the importance and fragility of ecosystems. A UNESCO prize recipient, Dr. Suzuki is also renowned worldwide for hosting CBC TV’s, The Nature Of Things over the course of several decades, inspiring many to appreciate and protect Canada’s natural spaces.

From the Artist…

“It has been my absolute pleasure and privilege to create this special piece to highlight these beautiful Canadian endangered species and do so in dedication to and in honour of Dr. David Suzuki and his lifelong devotion to our natural world, including his unique appreciation for insect life and their important role on our planet.

In viewing this painting, Dr. Suzuki noted in particular, that by showing the bee in the setting I chose, it reminds us that its significance and importance as a pollinator requires its habitat. Dr. Suzuki is quite appreciative that I paint species in their natural setting. It is what I strive to do as often as possible to show the ‘whole picture’.

Further, in a quest to help British Columbia’s Endangered Species, a portion of net proceeds of ‘Shadows in the Brush Lands’ prints and products will be donated to my chosen organization to assist with ongoing efforts of preservation and protection of precious and vulnerable endangered wild species and spaces in British Columbia, Canada.”

About The ‘Darkness’ Series…

As with all Artscapes By Sherry Hayes’ endangered species paintings, each welcoming scene transitions to or is surrounded by darkness as the subjects are being drawn into the perilous depths. While always shining with hope, each work of art carries a cautionary tale of what could be if we do not take heed of and respect our wild Canada.

Item Information

Original Painting: Acrylic on Cradled Gessoed Boards
Size: 11”x14” cradled board mounted on 20”x24” cradled board
NOTE: Light brown backboard shown to the left is a simulation only to demonstrate position of painting and size ratio. Actual colour of backboard is dark black/brown

The Original painting has been Hand Signed by the Artist and is accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity
$2900.00 CDN Plus Applicable Taxes and Shipping

Prints: All giclee prints are produced on artist quality fine art paper and come with a white border, making your print easy for matting and framing under glass

Special First Edition:
12”x16” – including white border – Image Size approximately 9” x 13”
These special edition prints are signed and numbered. Only 50 will be produced for this first run.
$299.00 CDN Plus Applicable Taxes and Shipping

Prints: Size indicated below includes white border & title block
11” x 14” – Actual Image Size approximately 9” x 12”. Not signed.
$155.00 CDN Plus Applicable Taxes and Shipping

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‘Shadows in the Brush Lands’

As the sun rises above the Antelope Brush a golden glow spreads over the land. Hidden within this precious treasure, tiny creatures work tenaciously as they fight for their survival. Each, fearful of being pulled into the shadows, determinedly cling to the graceful buds and petals. These vulnerable winged beauties sense the imminent ‘darkness’ that surrounds them and the devastation facing the fragile flora that sustains their very lives. Let this be a warning…Tread lightly through these delicate regions. Do not destroy their home or all may soon become ~ ‘Shadows in the Brush Lands’.

Antelope Brush:

Golden star-like flowers emerge amongst small, three-toothed leaves that grow along the erect branches. While appearing to be dry, shrubby grasslands, these unique ecosystems provide a special habitat for a variety of plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. These include many threatened or endangered species. The most immediate danger for the Antelope Brush ecosystem is urban development. Due to its small remaining footprint and the daunting threats to its integrity, the Antelope Brush region of the south Okanagan in British Columbia is considered one of Canada’s four most endangered ecosystems.

Behr’s Hairstreak Butterfly:

This precious species is a small butterfly with a mere 2.5-2.9 cm wingspan. The dorsal forewing and hindwing surfaces have wide black margins that surround a rich, yellowish-orange-brown patch. This little creature is completely dependent on Antelope Brush for its existence as it is the only place where the Behr’s lays its eggs and thus, it is the only food source for its larvae. With the threat of destruction of its fragile habitat, there is surely an imminent danger of its decline. This pretty, little butterfly is listed as endangered.

Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee:

A medium-sized bumble bee, the yellow and black Gypsy Cuckoo, being void of a worker caste, takes over the nests of other bumble bees resulting in the workers of those species rearing the Gypsy’s young. It is thought that the Gypsy is impacted by several factors including host bee decline (possibly due to habitat modifications and destruction); climate change; pesticides and invasive non-native bee species. Given these serious issues, this brightly coloured bumble bee is considered endangered.

Nine Spotted Lady Beetle:

This tiny insect with pale orange to red wings and black central stripe generally sports nine spots, hence its name. Possible threats to this species include interactions with non‑native species; direct and indirect effects of agriculture pesticides and habitat loss through urban expansion, farmland abandonment and other human disturbances. While there are apparently no laws in Canada that protect the Nine‑spotted Lady Beetle, it is nonetheless, listed as endangered.

And Including – Arrowleaf Balsamroot:

Indigenous to the southern interior of British Columbia, this colourful plant covers the hillsides of the Okanagan Valley every spring. The single sunflower-like bloom rises on individual stalks. The name is derived from the shape of the leaves and fragrant balsam/resin in its roots.


I hope that you find my endangered species art of importance in reinforcing the need to protect and preserve our wild species and spaces and that you will consider supporting our Canadian wildlife and their fragile habitats through an acquisition of a ‘Shadows in the Brush Lands’ product (or any item in my dedicated art line). Display your special Artscapes By Sherry Hayes Endangered Species giclee print with pride, knowing that you are part of a movement that supports and protects our beautiful Canadian Endangered Species.

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