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Laura Palermo

Laura Palermo is a young artist who has recently turned to art activism as a form of aesthetic resolution for wildlife conservation.  It all started with a sea turtle.  Palermo was fishing off the coast of Sullivan’s Island in Charleston, SC when she was greeted by a green sea turtle.  It was love at first sight.  Palermo was immediately inspired to begin a collection of sea turtle paintings to promote conservation.  A couple of months later the enthusiastic artist was SCUBA certified and eager to swim and study these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. 

Palermo also spends time at the Sea Turtle Hospital at the SC Aquarium learning about the patients’ stories which she shares with her paintings.  With each sale from her sea turtle collection, Palermo donates 10% of the proceeds to the SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program.  In addition she has become an educational volunteer at the SC Aquarium to help teach our youth about the dangers of extinction.

The artist’s growing curiosity of threatened species has led her in the direction of endangered birds.  With 192 species classified as critically endangered, there is a lot to learn, and a lot to paint!  Palermo will be donating 10% of the profits of the endangered bird collection to the National Aviary and BirdLife International in effort to provide sustainable solutions for conservation on a local and global level. 

"Red Knots III" 16 x 40  Giclee -Acrylic on Canvas

"Tortuga Triptych" 30 x 48, (2) 15 x 30, Giclee (available to order) 

"Lion Fish" 20 x 20 Giclee (available to order)

"Miss Royal" 12 x 36 Giclee (available to order)

"Ollie" 16 x 40 Giclee (available to order)

"Eddie" 36 x 24 Giclee (Available to Order)

"Jersey" 12 x 24 Giclee (Available to Order)

Jersey is a young Loggerhead turtle who was found stranded at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey.  She was pulled in by the cooling canal, which isn’t a rare occurrence for sea turtles.  Her left rear flipper wasn’t moving and she had a healed wound on her shell. Her thin body and low blood protein levels also indicated that she wasn’t eating properly.  After a couple days of coaxing, the volunteers at the hospital finally got her to eat.  Although her overall health was increasing, her rear flipper still wasn’t moving and has led to her developing scoliosis.  Jersey was declared unreleasable and they are currently looking to move her into a permanent home. 

 Eddie is a small green turtle who was stranded near Edisto in August of 2012.  The rescuers found him flailing and swimming vigorously trying to get away, but he wasn’t able to dive below the surface.  After some close examination, the sea turtle hospital concluded that Eddie’s buoyancy issue was caused by a boat strike wound to his shell.  The nerves that control the gastrointestinal tract were damaged, causing his rear end to constantly float, making it difficult for Eddie to dive for food.  In addition, Eddie’s appearance was abnormally pale.  Low thyroid hormone levels caused Eddie to lose his color, leaving him with a light gray skin and shell.  After a year and a half of rehabilitation, there was still no solution to Eddie’s buoyancy problem, and he was deemed non-releasable.  Eddie’s quality of life is otherwise excellent, and he will soon be moved from the sea turtle hospital to a more permanent home.

Ollie was rescued on Folly River immediately after being struck by a boat, and was transported to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries within two hours of the accident.  Ollie had been struck on the top of his shell and on the top of his jaw. After closer examination they also found some older wounds on the rear of his shell and a severe lesion on his underside that penetrated all the way through the bone.  He was administered fluids, pain meds, and antibiotics, and after a week of treatment he was resting comfortably.  Thanks to the generosity of donors, Ollie was able to receive companion K-Laser therapy on his wounds, which is a non-invasive and pain-free laser treatment which expedites the healing process.  After six months of care, Ollie was released in Florida with 52 other sea turtles.

Miss Royal was found just off of Hilton Head Island by the SCDNR.  She was struck by a large propeller and suffered from wounds from the right side of her shell to her rear flipper.  The propeller did not completely sever the rear flipper, causing her to undergo surgery to remove the hanging portion of tissue.  Under special care from the sea turtle hospital, Miss Royal has had a thriving recovery and will soon be released back into the ocean.

Red Knots are a type of sandpiper local to the southern and northern most shores of North America and are renowned for their extraordinarily long distance migrations. Over-harvesting of horseshoe crab eggs, their essential food source, has caused their population to plummet from 100,000 to less than 15,000 in the past 30 years.  This sudden drop in population has left the Red Knots to be listed as an endangered species in some states and as a declining species nation-wide.

"Florida Grasshopper Sparrows"

16x40 Giclee - Acrylic on Canvas

 The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow is a Federally Endangered species restricted to the dry prairie ecosystem of central and south Florida.  One of four subspecies of Grasshopper Sparrows in North America, the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow does not migrate, living in Florida year round. Perhaps the most endangered bird in the continental US, few people have seen or even heard of it. Florida Grasshopper Sparrows are named for one of their calls, a quiet buzz that sounds much like a grasshopper. The sparrow is so highly endangered due in large part to its exclusive dependence upon Florida dry prairie environment, more than 85% of which has been destroyed. This subspecies is extremely habitat specific and relies on fire every two to three years to maintain its habitat. Under present habitat conditions, there is a 22% chance of extinction of the species within the next 50 years.

"Blue-Footed Boobies" 30x40 acrylic on canvas

Blue Footed Boobies are native to the Galapagos but also live on the western coast of the United States. Their population is declining due to the decline in sardines, their main food source. Without a belly full of sardines, the males' feet loose their bright blue color, and become less atractive to the female boobies.

They are less likely be accepting of the males' traditional mating dance, causing fewer baby boobies every yea