One of my absolutely favourite artists is the incrediby prolific Portland-based Amy Ruppel (I just wish we could afford something nice and big by her).
Her latest endeavour is a limited edition run of pictures of the official US state animals (no, I didn’t know until I moved here that every state had one either). If you don’t manage to nab one of the originals, she’s also making prints.
Here are a few of my favourites – clockwise from top left Virginia, Arizona, Utah and Washington. You can buy them here.
Washington’s state animal is apparently the orca, though after going on not one but two fruitless ‘whale-watching’ trips, we are convinced that orcas are just a figment of the Washington State Tourist board’s imagination.