Friday, 17 June 2011

A dear friend to All

Ernie Echols 

from Colorado Springs, CO - United States

1st Place Winner of the "Sea Life" Contest!

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 Ernie Echols a fine artist who resides in the great state of Colorado. He is drawn in by the inspiration of the beautiful nature and scenery surrounding him.

Ernie has found deep and devoted ways to express his talents through his inspirations. His talents are well defined in his wildlife and nature photography. He spends most of his free time searching for that special shot and his ability to get up close to wildlife enables him to capture unique photos. He always manages to capture the expressions and moods in the faces of wildlife.

Broadening his horizons he has developed a unique style of digital painting. He renders digital paintings that create strokes of beauty and textures sure to catch the viewers attention.

To become one with nature as if one was actually there can be accomplished through deep observation of Ernie's galleries.


Here are a few more of his wonderful pieces:


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Ernie is a great friend to many. Not just to humans. He also bonds and forms a unique friendship often at times with his subjects. Recently Ernie's heart had been saddened by the loss of a dear and fond friend of his. Here is his story:

"Cheyenne Mountain Zoo experienced an irreplaceable loss Friday, May 27, 2011, when Elson, the zoo's 16-year-old male African lion, passed away. Elson was receiving end of life care, and at the time of his death, was under anesthesia for treatment of a dental infection. It was during the procedure that Elson's heart stopped. Typical life expectancy of African lions in captivity is 14 to 20 years.

Elson's legacy is two-fold. He contributed critical founder genetics to the North American Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP) through his 13 cubs and at least seven grandcubs. These descendents live at Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facilities all across the U.S., including Abilene, Bronx, Pueblo, San Francisco, Minot, Tulsa, Akron, Baltimore, Birmingham, and here in Colorado Springs. " ~Ernie Echols~

Not only does Ernie have a great ability at capturing and becoming one with his subjects but he captures the heart of all those whom know him.


Here is his full tribute to his dear friend Elson :

Photography Prints

Photography Prints

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Never an unkind word spoken from Ernie. Helpful at times of need and grateful for all he is granted. Sacrificing and hard working this is an artist that inspires all of God's Creations.

Please visit his site here:

http://ernie-echols.artistwebsites.com/