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Repairing the Future

by Erica Lyn Schmidt

This piece is my response to the devastating wildfires in Australia. The koala is a symbol for empathy, and their future may depend on our own caring intervention.

Like in the Japanese art of Kintsugi, these koalas are made more beautiful with ornamental repair. The burns on the mother have been mended, and their future has been made whole with her golden joey. This is an optimistic view of tomorrow but I believe it is possible thanks to the efforts I’ve seen around the world.

All proceeds from this sale will be donated to The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. This organization treats injured koalas, protects their habitat, promotes breeding programs, and fosters education.

Prints of this piece are available here as an extension of this fundraiser. I want to thank Every Day Original for accommodating this special sale.




Panel Width: 6 inches
Panel Height: 8 inches
Media: Acrylics over Polymer Clay on Wood Panel
Ready to Hang: Yes

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Erica Lyn Schmidt is a painter and sculptor who works in the traditional mediums of acrylic/oil painting and polymer clay. She loves exploring the charm and whimsy of animal characters who delight in their own little worlds, aiming to bring that joy to her audience.

She has a background in scientific illustration which transitioned nicely into the genre of imaginative realism. Her new passion is blending 2D and 3D with her sculptural art. Her work can be found in fine art galleries, children's books, museums and private collections.

Website: www.ericalynschmidt.com