This painting is one of a series focused on the environment, climate change and spirituality. Last year I exhibited the series of paintings and gave a talk called “Native Species Threatened: the Environment, Climate Change and Faith, from 1600s New England to Pope Francis”. Pope Francis has written eloquently and passionately about the environment in his Encyclical on Climate Change, following in a tradition that goes back to St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. In my art I try to address themes such as climate change, endangered species, and the spiritual and moral duty of human beings in protecting the earth. I bring St Francis to the arctic as witness and vision to a changing climate, the loss of ecosystems, and life.