Home 2019 Biro drawing, created by Jane for the New York.
Home also known as Atka’s Home 2019 Biro original drawing was created by Jane for auction at this year's Wine & Wolves raising funds for the Wolf Conservation Center's vital work helping to conserve critically endangered Mexican gray and red wolf species, with only 14 red wolves remaining in the wild.
The artwork features a Biro drawing of Atka layered with drawings symbolising the lands of his Arctic heritage.
Included in the drawing layers is a portrait of Atka roaming the Arctic Tundra followed by tiny drawings of his mate and pups and a frenzy of charging caribou, antlers entangled. (See product images)
Further highlighting the beauty and charisma of majestic Arctic wolves, on Atka's back leg is a small drawing of Ellesmere Island wolf Scruffy, who featured in Scottish wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan’s BBC film The Snow Wolf Family and Me. This breathtaking film features unforgettable footage of Scruffy approaching to within touching distance of Gordon. The remarkable and tender moments when Gordon and Scruffy enjoyed a game of fetch can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/jADusZXICdQ
The artwork aims to speak to those who knew and loved Atka; Atka is finally home, raising his family, wild and free in the Arctic landscape. Although the wings belong to a snowy owl layered through Atka, beyond his much-mourned passing 22 September 2018, this feature also suggests that Atka’s angelic self is with those he loves, always.
Jane and Atka Meeting for the first and last time 2018
"I am eternally grateful for the precious moments I spent with Atka in March 2018 when I visited the inspirational WCC. Atka's illuminating eyes told a tale from many millennia ago, when wolves thrived in harmony with the natural world." Jane Lee McCracken
Atka; image courtesy of WCC
With kind thanks to the Wolf Conservation Center's Executive Director Maggie Howell and Curator Rebecca Bose for providing beautiful images of WCC's wolves as inspiration for this piece.
Limited edition prints sold in support of WCC are available to purchase from Jane's online shop here