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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 Saturday, August 13, 2011 by Terry Woodall
Artists for Conservation

Flames shot into the air and bright sparks twinkled into the night sky as I tossed another arm load of Siberian larch and pine onto the growing campfire. To my new Russian friends this was more like a bonfire, but for me, with the resinous branches on the fire and its showers of sparks, it became a fireworks celebration for this Fourth of July evening [America's holiday of independence]. And I mused that there was lots to celebrate since I could hear the nerpa colony slapping the water as I gathered wood on the bluff above camp.

Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Pollyanna Pickering
Artists for Conservation

Around 70km north of Hanoi, Vietnam, a beautiful Asiatic moonbear stretches to his full height and climbs up onto a high platform to examine a fresh bunch of wild grasses, leaves and branches.

But until January last year, this bear had spent years in a dark cramped cargo container on an illegal bile farm in the south of the country undergoing the unending torture of regular bile extraction through an open wound on his abdomen.

Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 by Robert Parkin
Artists for Conservation

We have seen that with the development of serious scientific research the ‘exploration' of nature took on new meaning.

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Phyllis Frazier

A dear friend recently asked me the question, "Why do you paint animals?" Although we drifted on to other topics before a response could be articulated, I think of this question, often, as I create my artwork.

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 by Kitty Harvill
Artists for Conservation

What do you think of when you hear the word "hotspot"?

Hopefully you think of a biologically diverse area of our planet that is under severe threat. The concept was first defined by British ecologist Norman Myers in 1988, and according to Conservation International, there are currently 34 such "hotspots" on our planet.

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011 by Guy Combes
Artists for Conservation

One morning in April 2010, I read an online article by a reporter based in Kampala about the announcement made by Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete that Tanapa (Tanzania National Parks) had approved a plan to build a commercial road across a 53 km stretch of the Northern Serengeti.

Posted on Saturday, June 4, 2011 by Alison Nicholls
Artists for Conservation

Since returning from my stay at the Painted Dog Conservation project (PDC) in Zimbabwe during AFC's 5th Flag Expedition, I had wanted to create a conservation-themed painting. The population of Painted Dogs (African wild dogs) near Hwange National Park in northwestern Zimbabwe has been decimated by snares, illegally set to catch antelope and other game for food.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by Ria Winters
Artists for Conservation

My 2009 AFC flag expedition to Mauritius "Not the way of the Dodo" drew the attention to tragedy of extinction of which the Dodo is its unfortunate icon. Much has been written about this enigmatic bird so it is hard to mention something about it that nobody else already did. But I will try to do that in this blog, looking at the Dodo from an artist's point of view. For those who don't know this: Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean and the only place on earth where the Dodo lived.

The Way of the Dodo
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 by Carel Brest van Kempen
Artists for Conservation

Cŏn-sērve', v. "to keep in a safe or sound state; to save, to preserve from loss, decay, waste, or injury; to defend from violation." -Webster's Dictionary

At a recent public meeting, I was accused of caring more about tortoises than people. It wasn't the first time I'd had such charges leveled against me; in fact, it's the rare argument against conservation that leaves this rhetorical barb in the quiver.

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 by Robert Parkin
Artists for Conservation

At some stage, every artist will be asked the same question: “An artist, how interesting. What do you paint?” Most people would think this is easy to answer, but you know it’s not. I’ve tried almost every way of explaining I can think of, a list of explanations that at some stage will inevitably illicit the response “Oh, a wildlife artist.” The list has included landscape, history, plants – but when it gets to wildlife, bingo! 

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