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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 Monday, September 5, 2016 by Guy Combes
Artists for Conservation

As a special feature of the 2016 Artists for Conservation Festival at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, I am honoured to have the opportunity to allow the public to view my largest and most challenging work yet.

The creative process of this project began in 2011 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, where on rare occasions, the numerous elephant families gather together in their hundreds while moving from the Kilimanjaro forests to the swamps of Enkongo Narok. Amboseli is a unique and spectacular place, but the threat of poaching is ever present, and on the front line of conservation research, and study into elephant society, is Cynthia Moss and the team of Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

Since my unforgettable encounter, I have been searching for the opportunity to do it justice on a large canvas, and in 2015 that opportunity came along and I began work on a 7 foot Painting. The journey has been exhilarating, and I've enjoyed sharing it broadly on social media. My...

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Posted on Sunday, August 28, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long-time AFC member (2004), Mel Dobson.

Melvin 'Mel' Wood Dobson passed away July 21, 2016 in St Ignatius, Montana. He was the eighth son, born at home, on November 1, 1934 to Lula and Leon Dobson in Holden, Utah. Holden was his home, on the family farm, until he completed high school.

He was preceded in death by both parents and six brothers; Don, Evan, Myron, Clifford, Earl and Lester Dobson. Mel was a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Posted on Sunday, April 10, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

New Jersey artist and AFC Signature Member, James Fiorentino was recently honored when his watercolor painting depicting the Black Swallowtail was chosen to represent the State as the official artwork of the new State butterfly.

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC Signature Member, Douglas Aja recently donated one of his bronze sculpture (Orphans) recently raised $3,800 for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The bronze was auctioned at a fund raising event hosted at London's Landmark Hotel. The piece raised $3,800 for DSWT. 

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
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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. 

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