The Barely There series is about a subject very close to my heart: wildlife, particularly endangered species. This collection uses the themes of simple shapes and a minimal palette.The sun or moon appears in most of these pieces and all have a textured background.The animal is easily recognizable, and yet, is barely there. In many of these works there is little or no decorative background, a reminder that habitats are disappearing too. However, I am always hopeful that things will improve; and so mother and young, and family groups are often represented. Even though this is a serious subject, I feel there is room for a touch of humor here and there. I have recently begun a series on endangered birds, starting with the Japanese red- crowned crane. Much of this work was inspired by the beautiful photography of Cornforth, Cornell and Carnahan.