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Red Tail Studio’s “Raising Swallows”


Linocut Print by Monique Wales

I was excited to have my photograph used for this printmaking artist’s vision:

“‘Raising Swallows’ is a multi-color linocut relief print made in collaboration with Yosemite Area Audubon Society, in part to benefit their truly amazing Nest Box Program. Julia Lee Bristow volunteers with the Chapter monitoring nest boxes and graciously allowed me to use her photo of a Tree Swallow as reference for this print, which will be used this Fall in a fundraising campaign to support the program. You can see “Raising Swallows” starting Saturday, September 3rd at the Sierra Art Trails Preview Show at Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst, CA.” -Monique Wales

Monique Wales of Red Tail Studio is artist #42 on the Sierra Art Trails 3-Day Open Studio tour September 30th – October 2nd!


“Raising Swallows” beautifully framed print

You can see a video of how this print was created here: The Making of “Raising Swallows”

We can both be seen in the Sierra Art Trails catalog on pages 74-75:


It was a pleasure volunteering for the nestbox program for Yosemite Area Audubon Society and I treasured the beautiful photographs I was able to take while doing so. My photograph of mama tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) and her eggs:


Photograph by Julia Bristow

The photograph went “viral” on Facebook after being shared by the National Audubon Society with more than 250,000 views and 1.7K shares:


More work from Monique Wales:



Elemental РYosemite  -Monique Wales

Hope to see you on the trails!