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Necedah National Wildlife Refuge  Artist-in-residence

“On September 9, 2007, I completed a two week residency at Necedah, “land of the yellow waters”, and was granted complete access to remote landscapes of bog and sand ridges.”

“I was immediately inspired by the quiet beauty of the place: misty sunrises over the marsh,
Whooping and Sandhill Cranes, Egrets and
Great Blue Herons wading in shallow pools,
red-headed woodpeckers playing tag,
migrating monarch butterflies, otters and
cormorants sliding through the water. The
natural drama of everyday life is allowed to
occur here without hindrance.”

“As I got to know the Refuge, I began to find
it’s rhythm and many more subtle spectacles
were observed: Goldfinches fluttering among
stone monuments marking the resting places
of residents who worked the land a century
before; Lightning and thunder in dark clouds
passing over the heads of trumpeter swans
as they wait out the storm; Dedicated
Operation Migration staff leading early
morning training sessions with ‘07 class of
young Whooping Cranes; Fresh wolf tracks
in the soft sand.”

“I will forever draw inspiration from this
experience and will continue to create art
from a desire to make apparent to others
my respect and admiration for the land, its
wildlife inhabitants, and its modern-day
stewards.”

Jay Jocham
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Necedah - Whooping Cranes (acrylic)
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Heads Up - Trumpeter Swans (acrylic)
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Jay Jocham painting at the refuge (photo by Dan Petersen)
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Taking Liberty - Bluebird (acrylic)
Jay Jocham presents a painting of a Whooping Crane to Dan Peterson of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, December 2007.
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Refuge Repose - Whooping Crane (acrylic)
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