Lauren Crist has a problem. Her Los Angeles home is too small to house all of the animals she desires to rescue and keep. She dreams of acreage and a farm. However, for the time being, she cares for 5 rescued dachshunds, 2 parrots, more South American tanagers in an aviary than she cares to count, 4 chickens and a reef aquarium.
In March of 2014, she attended her first bird taxidermy class at Prey Taxidermy in downtown Los Angeles, taught by Allis Markham. It was all downhill from there. Both her and her new friend, Allis began their bird taxidermy "addiction". Having kept living birds for so long, Lauren has a unique understanding of birds and their anatomy. It is a joyous and harmonious union. Probably more so than most people's actual marriages.
It should also be noted that Lauren has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as a regular full time job as an animation editor for Walt Disney Television Animation. Yes, formal art training, a love of birds and working with the art of movement. It makes sense, right? Yep. That and her large freezer of amazing dead birds. It's quite a collection. You should ask her about it.