Hunting for Nectar at Sunset by Mary Helsaple

Mary Helsaple
Mary Helsaple
I was raised on the west coast, lived and worked in Colorado for 35 years and now live full time in Sedona, AZ. I have also been involved in the regional arts in Arizona these last 15 years. I participate in exhibitions at Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Visual Artists Coalition Open Studio events, Artlink shows in Phoenix, AZ, and many national juried exhibitions around the country.  I am an environment-focused artist, whose objective is to create a visual that connects people with wild nature. I am also an avid birdwatcher and made nature documentaries for television. My detailed watercolors are large works on paper, done in the ‘narrative style’ that often touches on important social and environment concerns.
14.25" x 17.25" x 1"




“Hunting for Nectar at Sunset” by Mary Helsaple

It is difficult to say for certain which petroglyphs depict hummingbirds. Hovering among the Arid Southwest, it is not surprising Hummingbirds were thought by Native Americans as spirits to be revered. Making their tiny feathers into headdresses and robes was believed to give the wearer magical powers. Modern humans can only imagine what these many rock symbols mean, but it is clear ancient ancestors also watched their antics among the cactus flowers.

Watercolor on Claybord

With frame: 14.25″ x 17.25″ x 1″

Without frame: 7″ x 10″