In October of 2002, I was invited to make an ornament for the White House
Christmas tree. The theme for the tree was "All creatures, great and small".
All artists were asked to make a native bird from their state. So I decided to make
an Allen's Hummingbird. While I was honored to be invited to submit my work to the
White House, I wished I could have sent the president a message of how I felt about
some of his policies. But I knew a hummingbird in a gas mask would not adorn the tree.
And who knows, my name could have ended up on some list other than the guest list.
These nine hummingbirds represent the one I wished I could have sent.