OXHIP Studio was recently selected to create the new brochure art for Death Valley National Park! It was a tough selection process from a nationwide pool of talented artists and I feel very grateful to have been chosen. I will be flying out next week to tour the park, get feedback from park staff and photograph the landscape. I can’t wait to get out to the desert again; I spent 3 months in the desert of Utah painting a dinosaur mural and absolutely loved my time there. The solitude and beauty of the landscape is like nothing else.
The purpose of the artwork is to accurately portray 5-7 major natural habitats of Death Valley, along with a multitude of plant and animal species. The painting itself will take over a year to complete. Below is a sample of what some other National Park brochures look like.
“Death Valley National Park is located in the heart of the Mojave Desert, on the edge of the Great Basin. Death Valley is the hottest, driest, lowest place in North America. It is an environment where organisms demonstrate adaptations to physically extreme conditions. From the salt flats of Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, to snowy tip of Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet, the park is a land of extremes which are difficult to capture. Along with elevation extremes, habitats vary greatly and include mountains, dunes, canyons, alluvial fans, slat flats and hidden riparian areas.” (from the Scope of Work)