Fading by Jillian Ballas. All Rights Reserved.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was raised amongst proud cedars, beautiful mountain ranges, and vast bodies of water. This intimate relationship with nature has fostered my passion to bring awareness of its power and beauty to others. A major part of this amazing ecosystem I call home, is the native species that inhabit it. Unfortunately, due to pollution, deforestation, and other destructive factors, many of these species are threatened or endangered. Unable to combat these dangers on their own, plants and animals such as the Northern Spotted Owl are fading out of existence. In their disappearance, the whole system will feel the loss for generations.
Using lines and color as tools in the narration of the Northern Spotted Owl, I recite the slow disappearance of the species on the Northern Olympic Peninsula. In this piece I convey the perilous balance that the Northern Spotted Owl is living. Its existence is reliant on conservationists saving it from fading from the forest.