Lionel Worrell spent his formative years in the West Indies. At a young age he expressed an avid interest in both wildlife and art. An old tattered copy of Birds of the West Indies by the ornithologist James Bond provided an early insight into the immensely rich wildlife diversity of the region. Art remained an important part of Lionel’s life, with early works mostly consisting of pencil sketches.
One summer Lionel received a book that showcased various paintings by the renowned Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman; Lionel was mesmerised by the lifelike images that appeared to capture the very essence of their subjects and to tell complex and fascinating stories. From that point on Lionel has worked to develop his own craft.
It is my goal to create art that captures the essence of nature. Countless storylines unfold every day in the natural world; these stories are the inspiration for my paintings. It is my belief that if people come to understand nature and to truly see it, then ultimately they will be less inclined to harm it, and more likely to take ownership of it. My hope is that my art will resonate with people on a deeper level and encourage them to take steps in their own lives to protect wildlife. I remain deeply concerned about the future of wild animals and I long for a day when wildlife is more protected, and more valued. If my art can succeed in some way to affect this change, I shall consider myself a success.
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)
Environment for the Americas was created as a result of International Migratory Bird Day’s success. Created in 1993, the celebration has grown to become much more than a one day event. Over 700 events are now hosted from South America to Canada, materials are available year-round, and other projects and programs have been developed to increase bird conservation education.
In 2016, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) focused on how birds have inspired many of the most significant environmental conservation actions in the Americas. We recognize the capacity of citizens in every country to support programs and laws that protect birds and their habitats, including a landmark treaty that, for the last century, has protected nearly all migratory bird species in the U.S. and Canada: the Migratory Bird Treaty.
Lionel Worrell was the 2016 International Migratory Bird Day artist.