Petra Zeigler is a 21-year-old environmental enthusiast and artist who has turned her love and passion for the outdoors into a series of gorgeous digital images. Growing up with a passion for skiing and talent for art, it seemed only fitting that she would one day fuse the two in her professional pursuits.
“They coalesce with each other nicely,” Zeiler explained in an interview with GrindTV. “In my opinion, an artist can’t be successful unless they have something to express. The outdoors fuels the messages that I feel are worth portraying in my illustrations and graphic design. My best ideas tend to come from being outside.”
With her digital images, she is making a bold statement about what is happening to our planet and hopefully inspiring people to make changes.
In this piece, called Overflow, which depicts rapidly rising sea levels, we see melting ice caps filling a bathtub, with a kayaker rowing obliviously through it.
In Environmental Crisis, we see smoke and other air pollutants produced by factories being blown into the forest and up the mountain. This one was clearly inspired by her snow capped hometown.
Flip The Switch makes a powerful statement about where our electricity comes from. Believe it or not, some people are shocked to learn that most of the electricity in the U.S. is still being generated by burning coal?
In Think Before You Use, Petra demonstrates exactly what happens when we use paper towels and throw them away.
Through her enlightened digital media, Petra hopes to make a statement about the fragile state of our environment and inspire others to do something about it. Sometimes images are the best vehicle to deliver a message that would otherwise be ignored or overlooked by the public. If you are inspired by Petra’s images, share this post and get others to recognize the destruction that is occurring in the natural world and learn how we can all play a role to stop this!
All image source: Petra Zeiler