Atka, King of New York!

'Atka', black Biro drawing, 2013 by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Atka’, black Biro drawing, 2013 by Jane Lee McCracken

Two days to go…..  The Wolf Conservation Center, NY, USA is having its annual WINE & WOLVES fundraiser on 12th December.  Since 1999 WCC has been teaching people about wolves and their role in the environment.   Have a look at the sterling work they do protecting wolves http://nywolf.org/ if you’re not familiar with WCC already.

This year I wanted to celebrate beautiful Atka, WCC’s magnificent Ambassador wolf, by making a portrait of him drawn in black Biro to donate to WCC’s fundraiser.  Atka has dedicated his life to educating people about protecting his wild brothers and sisters.  I imagined the rock Atka sits on as his favourite spot where he surveys the world around him and thought this is how I should draw him, King of New York State.

'Atka', detail of black Biro drawing, 2013

‘Atka’, detail of black Biro drawing, 2013

Wolves in America are having a bit of a hard time and need all the help they can get.  That’s why this drawing winged its way from Newcastle, England to New York State in time for 12th December’s WCC fundraiser.

Miss Lily is a big fan of Atka

Miss Lily is Atka’s biggest fan!

A big thank you to my mother and father for sponsoring the framing of the drawing so Atka is good to go and to Greg at http://www.mountkiscoframeshop.com/ for his excellent work framing the portrait in time and of course to Maggie Howell and Alex Spitzer at WCC for their tireless help organising the framing.

I hope Atka’s portrait finds a new home and in turn raises some funds for wee wolfie’s across America!

'Atka', signed and numbered luxury Archival Pigment Print

‘Atka’, signed and numbered luxury Archival Pigment Print

A note on prints – I am hoping to produce a luxury Archival Pigment Print run of ‘ATKA’ with 100% profit of any prints sold going to WCC if there is enough interest generated.  Please do get in touch if this is something you would be interested in or know anyone who would like a print – email jane@janeleemccracken.co.uk

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