Persis Clayton Weirs was a talented artist who had a passion for wildlife. A self taught artist, she first began drawing horses as a child, but with close observation and support from her father, her talents expanded into a wide variety of animals and their surroundings. Sadly, Persis passed away on May 21, 2016 and she will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, and fans of her beautiful art work. As an artist, she hoped, "to share through my work, my respect for wildlife and my sense of responsibility for the quality of the environment. If my paintings can pass on to others just a fraction of the pleasure and fascination I find in nature, then I have succeeded."