Legend has it that in 1866 in Ontario, Canada, a single flock of passenger pigeons – one mile wide and 300 miles long – took 14 hours to pass overhead. Once upon a time there were billions of them, the most numerous bird in North America, and possibly the world. And then we killed them all.
Martha, the very last one, died alone in the Cleveland Zoo on September 1, 1914.
The reference images for these paintings were from passenger pigeon specimens in various collections. Each oil painting is on an 11×14 canvas panel.