“I’m often asked why I choose to paint what I do. The simple answer is that these subjects fascinate me. I paint because I enjoy seeing my imagination come to life. A deeper answer is this: My work has become a sanctuary formed from my imagination. The effects of Climate change are so dire that I feel compelled to cocoon myself in a world of my own making.
As I watch our planet losing up to 100 species every day, I feel a dark despair.
When I was young, life was plentiful and abundant, or so it seemed. My paintings are not only my oasis, but also my way of remembering the way things were. My work has become my haven, as well as a tribute to life as it was before the great extinctions began. In the shadow of a withering planet, I create worlds that are lush and thriving.
I hope my work can encourage and uplift those who who feel as I do about this climate crisis. However, creating a memory of a time when our world was stable is not enough.
We all must do everything we can to lessen the causes of the this crisis. This is our greatest challenge since the ascendancy of humanity.”
~ Robert S. Connett, 2019