Charley Harper (8/4/1922 - 6/10/2007) loved nature, and he had an alternative way of looking at it. Harper was both artist and conservationist and excelled at revealing particular aspects of his subjects in uniquely stylized geometric patterns. Harper was delightfully playful, yet also intensely dedicated to his work, displaying a form of graphic genius most unusual for his chosen field of expertise. His work is best understood by his own words: "When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don't see feathers, fur, scapulars or tail coverts—none of that. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting: In a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe". The jigsaw puzzles on these pages reflect these sentiments most profoundly, providing our own community of jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts a marvelous experience of the delights of vintage Charley Harper. Enjoy!