Still Life with Life

Still Life with Life

An artist mother, an ecologically sensitive woodsman father, and a childhood spent exploring the outdoors and planting trees in Richmond, VA – these early influences are the underpinnings of Isabella Kirkland’s abiding interest in art and natural science and the intersections between the two. Kirkland says, however, that it wasn’t until the 1990s that she married her artwork to her childhood interest in nature. During the next two decades that marriage has resulted in an oeuvre of sumptuous, richly detailed, and thematically linked oil paintings that are a keen study of humanity’s impact on the natural world.

Images courtesy of Feature Inc, New YorkIsabella Kirkland, Nova: Canopy, 2008; oil paint on polyester over wood panel; 60 x 48″
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Kirkland is an artist and research associate at the California Academy of Sciences, and that

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