Before the war in Ukraine, I didn’t spend much time thinking about the country. My main association was decorated eggs. Seriously. Now we have (as of early July, 2022) 12 million refugees: 7 million displaced within the borders and 5 million in neighboring countries. Many of these innocents are children.
A few months ago, at the start of this unprovoked invasion, I made a $ donation. The conflict drags on. It is no longer the top story in the NYT. But the need for support has only grown and I decided to make a print. I learned that the national animal of Ukraine is the Nightingale. A bird that sings at night! In the dark! This avian metaphor seem remarkably apt for the bravery and persistence of the Ukrainian people, out-gunned and out-manned as they have been by the invaders. I did some photo research on Russian warplanes (their birds of prey) and this etching, The Nightingale, is the result. I hope that folks will buy this limited edition print—there are only 25 —either for themselves, or as gifts. $150, matted and ready to frame. All profits will go to the Unicef fund: children in Ukraine.