Louise McNaught paints beautiful images of nature often on a neon background.
I have chosen to focus on McNaught's endangered series. Just as we use highlighter pens to mark areas of importance, McNaught is doing this with fluorescent paint. by drawing the viewers attention to the animals presence and energy, McNaught is hoping to share with the viewer the awe that the natural world inspires within her.
I first saw one of McNaught's paintings at an illustration fair, the image of a polar bear surrounded by butterflies was both beautiful and saddening, as the artist was showing two different species that are being pushed towards extinction by man.
With climate change, deforestation, the melting polar ice caps and pollution, man has impacted on the natural world in so many ways. We have driven thousands of species to extinction.
What I like about this series of images is the way that McNaught leaves space - where she doesn't use paint and allows the backgrounds to come through the works, showing fragility and the impermanence of nature.