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               Stacey and Vadim at the Peregrine Fund in Boise, Idaho

Stacey Patterson received a B.A. degree in biology from the University of California in Santa Cruz.  When she moved back to the Los Angeles area, she obtained her state and federal permit to practice falconry and became a volunteer with South Bay Wildlife Rehab as a raptor rehabilitator and educational presenter.  She worked with her first peregrine in 1995 and has never looked back.

Stacey is the Imaging Supervisor of the Margie Petersen Breast Cancer Center in Santa Monica, CA, and shares her life with her husband, Mark, her peregrine Larissa, and other members of a furred and feathered menagerie.

Vadim Gorbatov, Russia's greatest wildlife artist, was born in Moscow in 1940.  Birds of prey and falconry have always fascinated him.  "Hunting with birds of prey has a special place in my mind.  I am fascinated with this kind of hunting; it is simply a part of nature's process...everything is in the process, not in the result."

The Fidget series are Vadim’s first work for an American audience.  His mastery of that space, those moments where man and animal meet and move together as one, is unequaled by his peers.

 In the fall of 2006, he journeyed to the western US for the first time, and traveled through 5 states in 25 days. The spectacular wildlife, including raptors, antelope, elk and coyotes captured his imagination, and the illustrations in Fidget’s Folly reflect his beautiful vision of the Rocky Mountains.

Peter Reshetniak and Vadim Gorbatov in a metro station in Moscow 

REF Curator, Anne Price, listens to artist, Vadim Gorbatov, describe some of the research he conducts for many of his paintings during a visit to his studio in Moscow.
Who helped the Fidget series come to life?
Stacey and Mark Patterson and Vadim Gorbatov sharing good times on the night they all met for the first time in Denver, Colorado.
Vadim Gorbatov, Peter Reshetniak, Stacey Patterson and Anne Price at the REF booth at the IAF/NAFA Meet in Kearney Nebraska

The Fidget series is published in cooperation with the Raptor Education Foundation, whose mission is to advance environmental literacy through educational programs, books, research services and their website.

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