'Focus Mind, Concentrate Intention' Card

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This elegant matte card measures 5.5" x 8.5" and is a reprint of artist Joe McAuliffe's original artwork.

About the piece:  A largemouth bass lunges, attention focused on a single fish. Any diversion from this focus lessens the predator's likelihood of success. Modern society extols "multi-tasking" as a formula for success in our busy and complex world. Yet, by dividing our attention among too many things, penetrating focus escapes us. Lacking focus, we merely skim repeatedly over the surfaces of what could be far more profound experiences. 

Now - January 4, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Daily 
Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall

Join artist Joe McAuliffe and the Desert Botanical Garden as we celebrate the water that sustains present-day societies in Arizona. With gyotaku impressions of fish from local canals, rivers, lakes and ponds, Dr. McAuliffe uses this ancient Japanese technique to tell stories that reflect his interest in natural history and conservation, and the relationships of fish and human culture. 

In addition to the pursuit of this art form, McAuliffe is a research ecologist and director of research at the Desert Botanical Garden. Before he began working in desert environments in the 1980s, his research and publications included studies of aquatic life, including fish, amphibians, turtles and insects.