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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 Friday, October 11, 2013 by Lorna Hamilton
Artists for Conservation

Whilst undertaking my scuba training course in Ireland, the new trainees were constantly reassured to the benefits of diving in our little country. They don't sound too alluring.....wet and windy conditions, fast flowing currents, icy cold temperatures, poor visibility (sometimes needing to be measured in inches rather than metres!), risk of separation from your buddy as well as the boat and the extra complication of having to dive in a dry suit!

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Jeffrey Whiting
Reef Dive - Photo by Lorna Hamilton

On May 5, seven AFC members began jointly exploring the diverse and spectacular marine life of the southwestern Caribbean island of Grand Cayman with a goal to support its protection. Our expedition was particularly significant as it represented the launch of the new AFC "Marine Explorers" program aimed at supporting marine conservation and inspiring more artist involvement and depiction of marine wildlife.

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 by AFC

May 17, 2013 is Endanagered Species Day!

In honor of this important day that is formally recognized in the USA, enjoy this collection of paintings from AFC's 2012 Exhibit by international artists illustrating endangered wildlife from around the world.  Stay tuned for details of another inspiring exhibit in support of conservation opening September 28th. Our 2013 exhibiting artists will be announced soon.

 

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 by Jeffrey Whiting
Artists for Conservation

Only weeks after hosting the world's top conservation art exhibit featuring artists from around the world at the Artists for Conservation Festival, Vancouver is about to host another remarkable conservation-themed art exhibit.

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 by Jeffrey Whiting
Artists for Conservation

A wave of bylaws banning the possession, trade, sale and distribution of shark fin products, has swept across the province of British Columbia this past month. North Vancouver joined Port Moody and Coquitlam in introducing a ban on shark fin soup in restaurants, a popular Asian dish that supports a vast industry that is decimating shark populations worldwide and threatens many species with extinction.

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

We all know someone who is devoted to a cause. Sometimes, we think the person is eccentric or extreme; sometimes, we wonder "Why the dedication?"; sometimes, we simply admire the commitment and never-ending effort. In this blog, I would like to introduce you to a person who unquestionably deserves our admiration, who begs the question "Why?" and who is maybe just a little bit eccentric.

Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 by Pollyanna Pickering
Artists for Conservation

"Where are you going next?" Apart from "How long do your paintings take?" these have to be the words I hear most frequently!

Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 by AFC

AFC launches Video Blog on Earth Day, 2012.

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Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 by AFC

On Earth Day, Artists for Conservation (AFC) launches a video blog to share and highlight conservation stories relating to AFC and its artist members around the world. 

Welcome to the launch of Artists for Conservation, Video Blog, a conservation vlog that will share member conservation stories, AFC updates and important community messages from Jeff Whiting and others... Tune in to get the latest happenings.

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Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Nigel Shaw
Artists for Conservation

March 18, 2012 - "We spend more time road trapping the raptors. We are seeing lots of Amur Falcon and Lesser Kestrels. Steppe buzzards are not responding well to our trapping techniques. We caught and banded two, but lots more around as they are nearly ready to start their northward migration and will probably stop eating.

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