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Oxypogon stubeli

by Benjamin Cardenas
Bogota CO

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The Artwork

Buffy Helmetcrest has a long, pointed black and buffy crest. The gorget is long and thin - beardlike in shape - and is glittering green and blue. Buffy Helmetcrest has a very restricted distribution, on Nevado del Ruiz in the Central Andes of Colombia, where it occupies the páramo.

The Artist

Why do you create? I am scientific Illustrator
How do you work? From nature, plants and animals
Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how? I was first a Graphic design and them Botanic Illustrator
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? Full time
Besides creating, where else do you spend your time? Traveling in my motorcycle
What inspires you? Nature
What is the first piece of art you remember creating? A illustration of a tree
What does the term art mean to you? Everything in my life
Name three artists that you respect? Albert Durer and all the illustrators of the Royal expedition of the new kind on of New Granade 1790 1810
What is your favourite piece of artwork? Still life by Zurbaran, a cup, a vase , a rose
What is your dream project? To illustrate all our endemic flora of Passifloras from Colombia
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