Lupita Holds A Whippoorwill

This is the second painting of twenty in my new artwork series, “Lupita Dreams 2070.” This painting comes from a special memory of holding a whippoorwill early in the morning out in our field. She was exhausted from singing all night and I protected her until she got enough strength back to fly away. I was just a child, but I remember the beauty and delight of holding my favorite bird.

I’m experimenting with video as a new way for me to share my creative process. What do you think of this one?


This artwork series is made possible by a grant from the BeWildReWild Fund atIowa Natural Heritage Foundation. While her most recently completed artwork series, A Childhood in Nature, focused on her past, Emily Lupita’s current art project will tell the story of a vision for the future. Told from the perspective of her signature “Lupita” character, the series will focus on entities in the Iowa natural world who are beyond human, and the way humans interact – or could interact – with these entities. The paintings will be the basis for an art book, which Emily will write and publish, that will further convey this vision.


Emily Lupita

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