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NaturePunk
For the Wild-Hearted Souls!
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
To me, Nature is god. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Wildlife, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

You may know me from Etsy or perhaps recognize my photographs from Flickr. I've been on the fence about getting a DeviantArt account for a while, and I don't know how often I'll make use of it, so if I don't reply to your messages or comments, don't feel bad - I'm probably romping around out in the woods.

Current Residence: Oregon
Favourite genre of music: Punk, Punk-Rock, Ska, Reggae
Favourite photographer: Jody Cobb, Willy Onarheim, Art Wolfe
Favourite style of art: Realism
Personal Quote: "Life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better" - Emerson
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If you've been following me on Tumblr, you'll know more about this situation than you do if you only follow me here on DA, but the gist of it is pretty simple: Jude, our low-content wolfdog, escaped yet another "escape-proof" cage while my man and I were in town, and he managed to kill five of our six remaining chickens. Thankfully, he didn't make it any further than that - we got home before he could jump the fence and make it out into the surrounding farmland. 

Wolfdogs are notorious escape artists, and our baby is no exception. He came to us as a Craigslist rescue, as his previous two owners were unable to provide him with the care and containment he required. 

When we first brought him home, he didn’t even respond to his own name - he was distant, strong-willed, and had extreme separation anxiety. 

With love and a LOT of clicker-training, we eventually taught him basic commands and altered our lives to better-suit his needs. He has blossomed into a very loving and loyal companion. 

But, Jude is still a wolfdog. And wolfdogs are not normal pets. No amount of training will curb certain instinctive behaviors - escaping being one of those things. He has gotten out of several different cages catered to normal domestic dogs, and we fear that, aside from killing animals on our small homestead, he may run out to the nearby highway and get hit by a car, or worse - end up at a neighboring farm where he’ll be mistaken for a wild wolf and shot.

The solution to the problem is simple: We need to erect an enclosure fully-capable of containing Jude both securely and happily, so that he can have a long and fulfilling life with his ‘pack’.

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Sargeant-Knoxx 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing taxidermy work. If I wasn't so preoccupied with skulls  may take a summer to look at tanning hides. You really have some talent!
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18smiths 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I've been looking through some of your taxidermy commissions. I saw a beautiful black wolf headdress, and I was wondering how much it would cost for me to commission one myself! I'd love a black wolf with light/forest green eyes, somewhat naturally colored! Thanks! :D
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NaturePunk 2 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
Black wolves are usually rather pricey for taxidermy-quality ones. But if you'd like a quote feel free to message me on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/NaturePunk?r…
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18smiths 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I haven't got an etsy. Do you have an idea of the price range? :)
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk 1 day ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can send me a message here to discuss.
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WitchyMomo 5 days ago  Student Artist
What type of cat is Paco? ;v;
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NaturePunk 5 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
He was a rescue, so it's hard to say. We think he may have had some Bengal in him. 
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WitchyMomo 4 days ago  Student Artist
Ahh, sorry for bugging you x)

Thank you though!
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:iconjwiesner:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful works with us! Some, no, many of your works made me gasp in inspiration. Great beauty captured in expressive photography. Keep it up! I'm looking forward to seeing more. :)
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NaturePunk 5 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
Many thanks! Glad you enjoy! :D 
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