Hyperrealistic Imagines Fantastical Ecosystems Carried on the Backs of Turtles by Lisa Ericson.

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Portland, Oregon-based illustrator, designer & artist Lisa Ericson famous for her hyper-realistic 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 mouser-flies or coral fish.

Lisa’s most recent series, Mobile Habitats, highlights turtles that support small ecosystems on their shells. From mossy knolls surrounded by fireflies by gnarled trees leafed with monarchs, each turtle-world evokes a specific time and place.

Here are some of the acrylic panel paintings by Lisa Ericson. Ericson chronicles her work on Instagram, where she shares, “these pieces are all about turtles and what they can carry on those amazing half-a-globe shells, and about things that need saving.”

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