b'WhileattendinganartopeningaftermycollaborationwithJohnStobart,IsawJohnA.Ruthven,theworld-renownedwildlifepainterandwinnerofthe2004NationalMedaloftheArts.Iaskedhimtotoconsiderdoingacollaborationwithme.IwasthrilledwhenheacceptedandwedecidedthataboxdepictingtheinteriorofJohnAudubonsflatboatin1820wouldbeagreatvenue.IwasalwaysintriguedwithflatboatsandyearsagohadaddedaprintofBinghamsJollyFlatBoatmantomyantiqueprintcollection.JohnandIdecidedtoselecttheCarolinaParakeet,nowextinct,forthebox\'spainting.Tocreatethemodelofthebirdforthebox,IsoughtthehelpofBethFreemanKane,aninternationalminiaturistfromSouthAfrica.Allofushadaterrifictimeworkingtogethertocreate"Audubon\'sFlatboat".'