Watercolor Paintings by Kyla Rae Ulrich
In the Pacific Northwest, the remarkable but fragile ecosystems are under increasing threat. The profound impact of climate change, urbanization, and invasive species has inspired me to create this collection. I hope to shed light on the vanishing species and endangered habitats in our region, as well as to underscore the connection between the loss of biodiversity and our own well-being as humans.
Within this collection, each piece strives to explore a different facet of the ongoing ecological challenges we face. Some of the plant species I've chosen to portray are incredibly rare, to the point where very few photographs of them exist. It's a poignant reminder of the potential void they will leave within their ecosystems if they were to vanish completely. Nonetheless, I believe in the power of collective action and hope to encourage others to join the fight against these human-induced crises. Our focus on restoration and conservation can contribute to a healthier and more balanced world.
I'd like to borrow the wisdom of David Attenborough, who once said, "In this world, a species can only thrive, when everything else around it thrives, too. We can solve the problems we now face by embracing this reality. If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us." This collection serves as a humble contribution to that cause, inviting viewers to contemplate the beauty and fragility of our local environment.
Learn more about her work in the interview we did with her.