The Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Artist Lisa Ericson

Portland, Oregon-based artist Lisa Ericson blends her hyperreallist painting style with a vivid imagination, resulting in fantastical combinations of plants and animals.

Ericson tends to focus on one specific flora/fauna combination at a time, like hybrid mouserflies or coral fish. Her most recent series, Mobile Habitats, highlights turtles that support small ecosystems on their shells. From mossy knolls surrounded by fireflies to gnarled trees leafed with monarchs, each turtle-world evokes a specific time and place.

Below are Lisa Ericson Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles.

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The Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Artist Lisa Ericson-1 “Migration,” acrylic on wood panel, 12″ x 16″

The Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Artist Lisa Ericson-2

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“Island,” acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

The Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Artist Lisa Ericson-3 “Carrier,” acrylic on panel, 16″ x 12″

The Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Artist Lisa Ericson-4 “Raft,” acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

The Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Artist Lisa Ericson-5 “Terrarium,” acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

The Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Artist Lisa Ericson-6 “Migration II,” acrylic on panel, 12″ x 16″

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