About two years ago I had a dream of a bee, fuzzy, black and large. I could feel its buzzing vibrate through me as she flew around my head. She then landed in my ear and proceeded to crawl inside. After here, I don't remember much. I believe the shock of having another creature flying around inside woke me.
From there, I started painting bees. The first one was "Bee Where," which remains very special to me. I also started researching bees at this point, and became fascinated by these little angels.
There are lots of interesting things about bees. They have ten times more grey matter than mammals. They communicate by dance. Their honey never decays, and can heal wounds. They have been around for at least 65 million years, and we owe a third of our food supply to their pollination. Einstein was quoted saying that if bees were to perish, that mankind would have four years left. This brings to mind the horrific problem of colony collapse disorder, where bees are disappearing from their hive. A lot of the time, their bodies are not found, as if they have been raptured.
I hope to spread awareness of their plight. Their bodies are too sensitive to survive our changing world of pesticides and GMOs. Modern beekeeping practices are just as horrific, artificially inseminating the Queen, feeding her children high fructose corn syrup, and having no sense of the natural rhythms of nature and exhausting the bees.
On this blog, I want to not only share about myself and my life, but also my research on bees.
Here's a great fun read about bees,
Kelsey Jenkinson is a 27 year old artist in currently living and working in Austin, Texas.