Painted: September 28, 2016
Climate Threat: Brown-capped Rosy-Finches currently have a tiny range, breeding only on alpine tundra from southern Wyoming to southern Colorado and wintering in the surrounding foothills, including in northernmost New Mexico. A warming climate will force its breeding habitat into higher elevations. By 2080, Audubon's climate model predicts that only 3 percent of the finches' current winter range will have a similar climate to today.
About the Artist: Yazmeen Collazo is a New York-based mixed media artist, born and raised in the Bronx and currently living in Westchester. She began creating art with her father at an early age, and over the years she accumulated hundreds of drawings and paintings inspired by nature. Collazo graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Art Liberal Studies. She has painted life all over the city, including the New York Botanical Garden during Frida al Fresco, an evening event that accompanied the Frida Kahlo exhibit Art, Garden, Life. Focused on both process and product, her newest body of work combines spray paint, acrylic, collage, and other media to weave ethereal, yet textured tales exploring various aspects of the female experience. Follow her on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “My mother loves finches and we had a pair of them when I was younger. My mural is dedicated to her.”