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M_Sheaffer_ Nothing gold can stay


Nothing gold can stay 

Oil, gold leaf



This work has been juried into the prestigious Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 Exhibition held by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, in association with the BBC. The original artwork was sold through the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.  50% will be donated to the foundation for wildlife conservation efforts.

Limited edition prints are available upon request.  A portion of the proceeds are donated to conservation efforts.  Please email for more information.

Nothing gold can stay
a poem by Robert Frost


Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

Created with oil paint on gold leaf, this gentle creature peers out from its golden armor to assess us as friend or foe. The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal, prized for its scales and meat, its variety of eight species range from vulnerable to critically endangered.

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