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CARRIEANN THUNELL
Washington, US

A frequent and welcome contributor to Haigaonline, CarrieAnn is an ecology and peace activist, backpacker, nature photographer, artist, and poet. She edited the Nisqually Delta Review from February of 2005 through September of 2007. She has appeared in over 82 journals and has been published in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Romania, and the USA. Recently, she judged the long poetry division of the 2007 Frontiers in Writing contest.

Her haiga are inspired by the landscape in which she lives, and employ varying approaches to the creation of the image. This portfolio featuring water birds includes both paintings and digitally manipulated photography. The first three, a series of pelicans, were painted after a recent backpacking trip. The stop-action quality of the rendering, which for me makes it seem as if the pelican were bursting out of the paper, is the result of having taken many photos of the birds to understand how they look in motion.

Interestingly, it's the last two haiga, the loon and duck, that are the more abstract. What a difference this has made in the haiku that CarrieAnn has written for them! Like their paintings, the pelican haiku aim to get at the nature of the subject through description, while the starkly manipulated, photo images have prompted a personal response.