Jeffrey Whiting, President & Founder
Jeff is a sculptor, author and illustrator, environmental advocate, naturalist, instructor, and social entrepreneur. With a formal education in biology and earth sciences, he has been an accomplished and award-winning artist since the age of 15, being recognized as one of the world’s top 15 sculptors of wildfowl, and one of the youngest exhibitors ever to be juried for inclusion in the Birds in Art, the world’s foremost bird art exhibition.
At 16 years of age, the Prime Minister of Canada presented one of Jeff's sculptures to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At 18, Jeff completed his first of 5 books and won first prize at the World Championships for Wildfowl Carving. He has published close to ten books in the nature art genre, including educational workbooks, journals and exhibit books. His expertise in nature inspired art stems from 23 years of experience in the field as author, educator, and practitioner.
An entrepreneur since his teens, Jeff has spent much of his professional time as the key driving force and visionary behind Artists for Conservation, which he founded in 1997. With AFC, he has found a way to combine his creativity as an artist and his skill as an entrepreneur with the passion for environmental advocacy to bring about change on a global scale. He is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation, the Society of Animal Artists and Fellow International of the Explorer's Club. In 2010, Jeff was a recipient of Business in Vancouver's 2010 Forty under 40 Awards. Jeff is also co-founder and partner in a leading Internet technology consulting firm, ISCAPE Internet Consulting, based in Vancouver, Canada.
Jeff serves as an advisor to a range of projects, including as a member of the Circle of Advisors for the Science Art-Nature Foundation at Stanford University, and the Vancouver Development Committee for Royal Roads University Foundation in support of the Robert Bateman Centre for art and environmental education. Jeff resides in North Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife Yasaman and their two children.
William Whiting, Managing Director
Bill has 30 years of industrial and trade policy experience with the Canadian Federal Government. A Professional Engineer with a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), he was a senior executive for a number of years with the Industry Department, where he managed a staff of senior professionals before his retirement. He has traveled internationally in his work, and has been involved with AFC from its inception as a volunteer and strategist.
As Director of the Automotive Branch of Industry Canada, Bill was exposed to many of the latest alternative fuel initiatives and became familiar with fuel cell technologies. Bill has had a life filled with creativity-from woodworking, architecture and wood sculpture, to landscape design. He is an avid outdoorsman, amateur naturalist, and operator of a small organic Christmas tree plantation. He currently works for AFC from his rural 1830s log home on one hundred acres of boreal forest, just one hour's drive from Canada's capital.
When not corresponding with AFC members, digging holes with his tractor, or tending to his gardens, Bill is working on a long-term strategy to retire from his retirement.
- William Whiting, Managing Director
- Yasaman Whiting, Program Director
- Rosslyn Shipp, Education Manager
- Diane Rolston, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager
- Jennifer Maloney, Yulu PR
Board of Directors & Advisory Board
With the assistance of our international Board of Directors and Advisory Board, AFC continues to set a standard of excellence as the world's leading non-profit group dedicated to support the environment through art. We are grateful to the people who help strengthen our mission, business practices, partnerships and financial stability by providing their time, talent and expertise to our cause.
Robert Bateman, Honorary Chairman of AFC's Advisory Board
Born in Toronto, Robert Bateman has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days, and is renowned internationally as a force for environmental education and conservation of our natural world. Bateman's artwork has received international critical acclaim and has attracted an enormous and distinguished following. Bateman's realistic painting style, featuring wildlife in its habitat, encourages the viewer to examine the natural world. His work is in many public and private collections, and several art museums. He has had one-man museum shows throughout North America, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; most of these shows have drawn record-breaking crowds. Bateman's art reflects his commitment to ecology. He is a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes. He has been the subject of numerous books and films; his honours and awards include 12 honorary doctorates, 3 schools named after him and Officer of the Order of Canada. Bateman now channels much of his support and efforts to leave a lasting legacy through the Bateman Foundation and the Robert Bateman Centre for Art & Environmental Education in Victoria, Canada.
Bateman has been a Signature Member of AFC since 2005. In 2011 - 2013, Bateman served as Patron of the Artists for Conservation Festival. In 2008, he received the organization's highest honor - the Simon Combes Conservation Award, during AFC's inaugural annual exhibit.
Bateman explains "AFC is doing fantastic work. In a world crowded by many who voice concern over the changes to our planet, AFC and its leadership are doers - leading the charge in an international artistic and cultural movement toward understanding, appreciating, and protecting nature's diversity. I applaud AFC's work and am proud to accept this honor in the hope that it might help the cause further."
Brent's is an award-winning bronze artist and world-authority on museum exhibits. A marine biologist by education, Brent's background includes underwater photography, TV and film production and large-scale cultural and natural history projects for museums and cultural institutions,
Brent's love of nature is the inspiration in all of his artwork. Brent strives for anatomical accuracy and detail with each sculpture undertaken. It is important to him that each work conveys a story or engages the viewer by eliciting memories of their own in the subjects depicted. He has been influenced by the Art Noveau/Art Deco period of design and often those elements appear in is own designs. He believes that a sculpture has been successful when the viewer is compelled to touch or move the piece around for a different angle of apprecation. As the bronze medium is so heavy, he is always trying to find ways to give his pieces movement, speed, or a lightness through the use of empty space.
Brent worked as the Director of Exhibitions for the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria B.C. Canada for 33 years. He is now a museum consultant bronze artist and Executive Director of the Deeley Motorcycle Museum in Burnaby BC.
Murray brings a unique and powerful combination of communications skills, artistic talent, knowledge, business acumen, passion and commitment to AFC.
Although he has been painting for over 40 years, much of Murray's life has been lived in the halls of academia where he holds graduate degrees in Theology and Cultural Anthropology. For over 20 years, he taught in a variety of colleges and universities, was an art gallery owner for many years and has extensive experience in connecting the business community with major art and cultural events. He still is in much demand as a speaker and articulate advocate for reconnecting with the wilderness.
Murray feels most at home in the wilderness and is passionate in his commitment to capture on canvas the elusive beauty that frequently lies hidden in isolated areas. "We are losing the wilderness not primarily through pollution or over population but, first of all, because of disinterest and neglect. We simply are unaware of what a treasure this is and we have little interest or knowledge of the wilderness and its inhabitants". It is Murray's deep desire to awaken a yearning to reconnect with the wilderness. "The wilderness has profound lessons for us if we will make the effort to slow our pace and be silent and listen; just go into the wilderness and start to listen."
Stephen C. Quinn
Stephen C. Quinn is an award-winning artist, naturalist, author and world-authority has spent a lifetime exploring the natural world and working in a career at the intersection of art and science. Quinn joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History in 1974, after graduating from the Ridgewood School of Art and Design, where he apprenticed under such diorama-art masters as Raymond deLucia, Robert Kane, and David J. Schwendeman.
In his current capacity as Senior Project Manager for Exhibitions at the museum, he oversees all aspects of new diorama creation including field expeditions, exhibit fabrication, and installation, as well as diorama conservation and restoration. He was a project leader for the 1995 field expedition to the Central African Republic, which resulted in the rain forest diorama in the museum’s Hall of Biodiversity and was a project manager for the 2003 renovation of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Mr. Quinn provided the illustrations for the 1994 book What Color is That Dinosaur? by Lowell Dingus, and was co-author of Inside the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest (1998) and author of Windows on Nature: The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History (2006). He has been a member of the Society of Animal Artists since 1978 and a member of Artists for Conservation since its founding. He lives in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey with his wife Linda and their two children, Tom and Claire.
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