Walking Bat by Copper Tritscheller. All Rights Reserved. I am drawn to animals and nature, often focusing on what I consider “the misunderstood” animal. Bats are one of my favorite subjects. I have such profound respect for their contributions to our life, both past and present. I like to approach them from all angles, sculpting them as animals, as well as anthropomorphically. When I push the barrier between animal and human, I try to focus on what makes us similar and to celebrate, rather than stigmatize, our differences. Giving these animals human characteristics allows me to further identify with my subject, as well as bring a new perspective to the audience. Many bat species are currently on the endangered list. I want to inform my audience, and hope to bring a greater understanding and empathy for their plight.