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At AFC, our vision is to lead a global artistic movement that inspires individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage by uniting the talent and passion of the world’s most gifted nature artists. This blog has been created as a means for AFC leadership to share thoughts and expertise about topics relating to art and conservation, featuring regular articles by AFC President, Jeff Whiting, and a range of guest bloggers.

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC Signature Member, Jonathan Truss is deeply concerned about the plight of elephants. Elephants figure in many of Jonathan's paintings, but in his latest, he has attempted a world first - to paint a full-bodied "Big Tusker" elephant life size on canvas! He recently completed the painting, titled 'Tusker's Last Stand' and is using it to raise funds and awareness for elephant conservation.

"Big Tusker" is a term for mature bull elephants. By some estimates, as few as 30 Big Tuskers may remain today, and conservation scientists are warning that it is conceivable that they could be extinct within a human generation.

Following are words from Jonathan about his painting...

"In the time it's taken me to paint this painting 2500 elephants will have been killed by poachers. Last year it is estimated that more than 30,000 elephants were poached illegally. That means one elephant is killed every 15minutes!! Killed for their tusks, which are traded to make jewellery...

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Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016 by Francisco Hernández
Artists for Conservation

 

AFC Signature artist Francisco Hernandez shares a poetic description of his first experience travelling to Africa as an artist to observe the rich multitude of wildlife.

My first contact with Etosha was at the Okaukuejo waterhole, shortly after sunset and I can describe my first feelings with one only word. Brutal.

Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

Last month, the much-anticipated third book in artist John Seerey-Lester’s “Legends Series” was released, replete with stories and 150 paintings and sketches. In it, John helps the reader relive in words and paint the extraordinary outdoor life of US President and conservation pioneer, Theodore Roosevelt. As both a master painter and compelling writer, Seerey-Lester provides a fascinating glimpse into the former president’s life as a rancher and his unrelenting passion for wildlife, hunting, exploration, and conservation.

Posted on Sunday, December 6, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

After nearly 5 years in the making, internationally renowned artist and conservationist, John Banovich has opened a new institution on the wildlife art landscape. The new 6500 square foot Art Center is located in Paradise Valley, Montana - one of the most naturally beautiful and dramatic areas of the US - 11 miles south of Livingston and 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

This September, AFC wrapped up its 5th annual Artists for Conservation Festival - the longest and most ambitious one yet, spanning two major venues and three weekends and incorporating an Art Expo for the first time. The event welcomed public of all ages with a variety of interests - fine art, environment and conservation.

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

In 2015, Australian artist Paula Wiegmink created a painting "Tears of the Rhino". The powerful image has since been signed by international celebrities and some of the world's leading conservationists including Sir David Attenborough, Dr. Jane Goodall, Virginia McKenna, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and Queen rock star Brian May, among others. In a few short months, the image is becoming a creative petition to stop the poaching of endangered rhinos.

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Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC artist/biologist Chris Maynard shares insights on his philosophies techniques and unique medium of feathers TedX".

Chris was a presenter and exhibiting artist durign the 2014 AFC Festival at Grouse Mountain last year.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

You're invited to help kick-off the 5th annual Artists for Conservation Festival in style with "Wildlife at the Waterfront" - Artists for Conservation's 5th Annual Gala & Awards Night. Join us for an enchanting dining and musical experience, seated amidst a world-class nature-inspired art exhibit, serenaded by the music of violin maestro, Calvin Dyck. 

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Alison Nicholls
Artists for Conservation

In 2007, Alison Nicholls spent 6 weeks with the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe, tracking and sketching highly endangered African wild dogs during her Artists For Conservation Flag Expedition. This is the 2nd of a 3-part blog series about the expedition and how the experience changed her art and support for African conservation. If you haven't done so, read Part 1 here.

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Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC artist and Board of Director, Brent Cooke was recently presented the 2015 Robert Bateman Award from the Canadian Wildlife Federation, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.

Posted on Sunday, June 7, 2015 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

The international wildlife art community was hit hard by the news of the loss of two great Australian artists, Lyn Ellison and Judy Scotchford, in under one month. Lyn passed away on 29th April, 2015.

Since Lyn has been a Signature Member of Art for Conservation over 15 years ago, she has contributed greatly to various conservation causes. Most recently Lyn donated "Hand in Hand", a painting of Numbats in the Dryandra Forest of Southern Western Australian. The auctioned painting raised $1200 for Project Numbat.

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