Listening to Raven Exhibit 1/1 - 2/26/23 Beth Shalom Temple Center Green Valley, AZ
wildlife illustrations and essays, glass mosaics, stained glass, photography, healing journey scarves and Hebrew prayer shawls, and mermaids!
Enjoy, and do contact me to purchase an existing piece, order a print, or commission a new project.
Combining my skills as a wildlife illustrator, storyteller, journalist, and certified Environmental Educator, I create two major illustrated nature series: Listening to Raven and The Art of Paying Attention, an ongoing collection of animal drawings accompanied by written and spoken radio essays focusing on Southwest critters--birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals.
I use many different mediums, always with heart and mind,
all in service of celebrating beauty.
If you have an idea for a visual art commission or a written piece inspired by nature, bring it to me. Some of my best work has been generated by "what if" and "could you possibly..." including designing museum exhibits, painted and mosaic murals, silk paintings, stained and etched glass, Hawaiian shirts, Hebrew prayer shawls, scientific illustrations, mermaids, and whatever comes next.
Much of my wildlife art and nature writing is integrated with practicing the Art of Paying Attention, observing and researching the behavior and physical details of wild creatures.
And being grateful.
Beth Surdut, winner of the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award for Non-Fiction for Listening to Raven, specializes in illustrating animal nature in words and drawings.
Since July 2015, she creates, exhibits, and fosters The Art of Paying Attention illustrated nature radio series heard and seen on NPR.
Come here. Breathe in the desert that sits in your mouth in the middle of the night, begging for water. Listen to that moment when the compass stays in your pocket and you are, like all else, a mote of dust sparkling in the sun. ~ Beth Surdut, Listening to Raven
“If you practice the art of paying attention, you will find that grand adventures await you right outside your door. Once you start looking, it is hard to stop. From my perspective, paying attention brings care, care brings love; and love engenders protection.” Beth Surdut, Visual Storyteller