Eileen Counihan uses her art to raise awareness of issues that are of importance to her. She is using her creative talents to try to make positive change in the world.
Why? Just (be) cause.
Because she can do something. For a just cause.
As a lifelong visual artist, Counihan is a true believer in the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words". Eileen is passionate about using her photography to draw attention to environmental and human rights challenges.
She was even more inspired and motivated to focus on the National Parks when the U.S. Government 2013 shutdown
U.S. National Parks, Forests, Seashores, and Monuments and limited her access in the middle of a trip to shoot the Redwoods. However, she was undeterred and took direct action in protest of the U.S. Government inaction. She hiked back into Sequoia National Forest to photograph Redwoods just after midnight. She believes that our National Parks should always be available for us to experience and enjoy.
From her countless nights spent in the wilderness over the years, Eileen has also seen the impact of environmental degradation on the most pristine places. Some of the trees that she photographed in California have now been lost to fires due to rising temperatures and droughts from climate change. Night skies are not so dark, tainted with light pollution from cities.
In 2016, she decided to take another direct action and ventured to North Dakota to work on a project to support the Standing Rock
Sioux and their diverse coalition comprised of hundreds of other Indigenous Tribes and their allies in support of their protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)
. Since then, she continues to support the work of the Water Protectors.
Eileen Counihan has always given back to causes that were important to her. She is recognized for donating her art and services to many non-profit groups, ranging from the local Peregrine Theatre Ensemble
in Provincetown, the Pan-Mass Challenge in support of cancer research, and national LGBT organizations such as Human Rights Campaign