AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for December, 2016
Natalie Raffield, like all AFC members, is committed to supporting nature and has donated works to a number of conservation organizations including; the Southern Tanzania Elephant Project, Opportunity Canada, Bogoso Womens Breast Cancer Prevention, AfricAid, Artists for Nature, and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. In 2016 the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition saw her 101 Zebras painting sold for conservation programs. In northern Ontario, Canada, in 2006 she managed a community banner art project with fifty artists and in 2004 she was one of nineteen Ducks Unlimited artists to have their work printed and sold in aid of Canadian wetland conservation.
Natalie supports AFC in its conservation mission and has attended and had her artwork in the recent live juried international AFC exhibition in Vancouver.
Natalie was born in South Africa and now lives in both Colorado and Ghana. In 2009 she obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Digital Arts from Red Rocks Community College.
"I now divide my work between photography, painting and videography with my main subject matter being wildlife.Preserving our natural heritage on Earth is to me, becoming one of our fundamental issues for survival. I feel honored to be able to help organisations with my art to promote understanding and love for nature.
I have recently completed a series of Ghanaian paintings and photographs inspired by Mole National Park in Ghana. The exhibit of these held in Accra was in aid of the rangers that care for the park. The rangers are instrumental in conservation education and helping the villagers with eco-tourism. I am dedicated to producing a documentary, “A Day in The Life of A Ranger’ to help educate Ghanaians and visitors to Ghana about the great work that the rangers do to conserve the elephants at Mole National Park."