The featured bird for the 2021 Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival is the Long-eared Owl.

The 2021 festival T-shirt art has been created from a colored pencil painting on mylar by artist, Christine Hubbell. Christine is a Colorado artist working primarily in colored pencil. Her focus includes exploring the beauty and diversity of Colorado native plants and the birds that live and breed here. She began illustrating in 2010 and earned a foundational certificate in Scientific and Botanical Illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2013. She continues to study local flora and fauna through drawing and field sketching.

Her colored pencil paintings illustrate birds and plants with rich color and realistic detail. Christine develops her paintings from initial sketches and research, working both in the field and in the studio from natural materials whenever possible. The finished piece is built, layer by layer, on drafting film.

She and her husband Mark enjoy birding and hiking in the Pikes Peak Region, where they have lived for more than a decade. Her mission is to help connect people to nature through art.

Christine’s artwork graces the back of the 2021 festival T-shirt, with the Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival logo on the front. This year we have added a special feature on the right sleeve.  Scroll down to see a close-up of this design. 

The 2021 festival T-shirt must be ordered by Sunday, 2 May through the festival registration form online. No T-shirt orders can be accepted after this date.

At Saturday evening’s “Birds & Brews” event, Christine’s original artwork is being auctioned as a fundraiser for the 2022 Festival. The matted and framed (13.75 in. x 13 in.) colored pencil painting will be available for viewing throughout the festival at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Christine will also have a table with artwork available for sale.

Colored pencil Long-eared Owl painting on mylar

Framed, festival artwork

The 2021 t-shirt is maroon with the festival artwork on the back, the festival logo on the front, and a special, added CO(r)VID Relief design on the right sleeve.  

Long-eared Owl, from festival artwork on back of festival t-shirt
CO(r)VID Relief design close-up
Front view with the festival logo