“Advocate for Equilibrium” is a tribute to Yellowstone’s Wolf 8, an underdog who, against all the odds, proved to be a caring leader, pack member, litter mate, breeding partner, mate, and sire. In short, an example to all of us.
~ Aga Elliot
My name is Aga Elliott. I am an artist with a passion for conservation. When I was approached to play a small part in the effort to re-introduce gray wolves to Colorado’s western slopes, it was dream come true – my goal as an artist is to paint for this cause: to be a voice for all the voiceless ones. This is the reason I do what I do.
Many of you may wonder what process I followed to produce “Advocate for Equilibrium” – like all my paintings, my inspiration comes primarily from the emotional connection I feel to the subject. During the early phase, I read Rick McIntyre’s book “The Rise of Wolf 8”, and the emotional bond began to form – I was overwhelmed with respect for BOTH Wolf 8 AND his adopted son, 21. To further understand wolves, I visited a wonderful Wolf Sanctuary in Colorado to feel a wolf’s fur, to see how they move, to deepen the bond I was beginning to feel. I was greeted by a magnificent male who looked deeply into my eyes from a distance of a few inches, and it was then that I saw what most will never understand: the balanced, serene majesty of an apex predator, absent of malice, full of life and hope, a product of a greater creative force than mankind can ever aspire to.
“Advocate for Equilibrium “ represents both wolves 8 and 21. After reading Rick’s book I was unable to separate them. Creating this piece has been an emotional journey for me, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.
Reference photo used with kind permission of William Campbell.
Thank you to my dear friend and collector Rhonda Dern for purchasing “Advocate for Equilibrium”.
To learn more about Aga and her work, visit her website, Papillon Fine Art.