Ghost Cat at Lindsay Wildlife

These stark and stirring graphite drawings, from Bay Area artist Michelle Friend, brings you up-close to mountain lions in captivity, in the wild and in the pet trade. “Ghost Cat” explores habitat loss; the hunting of mountain lions and the critical role these charismatic big cats play in maintaining a delicate ecological balance.

In this preservation-themed exhibit, Friend tries to act as a voice for the mountain lion. Artist statements are written from the cats’ point of view, and describe the hunting and human effects on the cat’s population.

“My efforts are intended to inspire others to recognize this magnificent animal as an invaluable gift, without which the environment, along with humanity, would suffer a great and irreplaceable loss,” says Friend.

There will be a free artist reception, where Friend will describe the stories behind her work, on Sunday April 9, 2-4 p.m.