A Volume that Sets the Imagination Abuzz
The Rattlesnakes of Arizona
Intellect and Imagination in a Land of Splendor
What happens when minds and imaginations merge to inspect an animal of mystery and lore in a land of majesty? A synthesis is inevitable, an assimilation of ideas and impressions that blend like colors on canvas to transmit depth, form, and meaning. This forthcoming volume, The Rattlesnakes of Arizona, was inspired by scientific and creative approaches to form, function, and context. Our goal is to create a collaborative fusion of art , natural history, and science that will enlighten and inspire.
Our early ancestors understood the linkages between observation, understanding, and depiction. Their spectacular murals on cave walls in France, and their petroglyphs in the Southwest, are a testament to the significance of these connections. As humans labored toward a mature capacity for reason and science, these connections were forgotten for a time, but as our understanding of our own brains and behavior become more robust, ironically, we find it easier to understand those ancient syntheses.
In recent decades, the publication of scholarly volumes that prominently feature rattlesnakes has increased, reflecting an upward trend in the attention that researchers pay to this fascinating group of snakes. Popular books about rattlesnakes have also become more numerous, a testament to the captivating allure of rattlesnakes. Both scholarly and popular books often display superb photography, but rarely do we see any serious art inside their covers. Rarely have rattlesnakes been featured in fine art, nor have they often been its primary subject.
In this ambitious venture, the celebrated artist, Tell Hicks, will display his stunning portraits of Arizona rattlesnakes among the pages of scholarly articles written by leading rattlesnake researchers. Beyond Tell’s art, The Rattlesnakes of Arizona will be liberally illustrated with color images of the species that inhabit Arizona, emphasizing their variation, habitats, and behaviors. The Rattlesnakes of Arizona will feature more than a dozen synthetic chapters on a diverse array of topics. In the spirit of this volume, authors have been encouraged to reach beyond their data to imagine what their science might look like in the future. Expect to see solid research based on the rigorous traditions of science intermingled and alive with ideas and possibilities for new directions.
This volume will be a must have for serious students of rattlesnakes and herpetology, but there will be much for the casual enthusiast as well. The Rattlesnakes of Arizona will be initially available in a special, leather, hardbound edition and a glossy cover hardbound edition. All of the paintings of Tell Hicks contained in the volume will be made available to the public as prints for purchase.
Publication of The Rattlesnakes of Arizona is planned for late 2014. If you would like to know more about this publication or would like to inquire about the publication schedule, please contact us with your inquiry.