The Gulf disaster has been heavy on our hearts and minds this week. With James growing up on the Gulf shores of Alabama, it's been painful to watch the slow destruction of that eco-system, and we've been looking for ways to help.
After Olivia wrote the above letter, we've had some discussion with the very kind people at the Audubon Society about different fundraising approaches using Olivia's illustrations; however we ultimately decided to keep it simple. Olivia has met her goal of 500 requests for original drawings and caught the attention of AOL in the process, who donated $25,000 to support her cause. Check out her artist's canvas on their site and her facebook page: Save the Gulf: Olivia's Bird Illustrations
The response to Olivia's project has been beyond any of our expectations. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity and want to share Olivia's birds with as many people as possible, so we have worked with AOL in sending out a limited edition of prints of Olivia's drawings. We hope they will be as beautiful and as treasured as James Audubon's.
SInce so many people were requesting Olivia's illustrations on a variety of products, we have also opened an online store, Olivia's Birds, with profits being donated to several organizations helping out in the Gulf.