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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 Sunday, October 8, 2017 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

AFC artist Bruce Lawes, recently completed a major arwork depicting a chimpanzee, created specifically to support the Jane Goodall Institute. In this article, Bruce describes the creative process and how his lifelong conservation hero, Dr. Goodall herself contributed to the artwork's completion.

Many of my successful paintings tell a story and are a journey of learning and discovery. Whether I am researching something historical or have the challenge of creating a painting with great personal meaning. ‘Spirit of the Forest’ was both, a journey of the past adventures of an incredible lady and a journey with great personal meaning. Dr. Jane Goodall is my hero since my early childhood and I was determined, not only to create a significant painting, but also create something that she would be proud to say represented a part of her life with fond memories.

With the help of Jane’s wonderful staff in the U.S. they opened their arms in friendship to assist...

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Posted on Saturday, March 17, 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.

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 by Nigel Shaw
Flag Expeditions, Limpopo, Nigel Shaw, Raptors

March 15, 2012 - "We had only been away from the airport in Johannasburg for about 30 mins when the landscape opened up. Once vast grasslands, home to thousands of gazelles and acompaning cheetas, this farmland is slowly being reclaimed bu scrub and acaicia. Hundreds of Amur falcons and Lesser kestrels use the poles and lines along the road to hunt the vast amounts of grasshoppers and other insects. Other raptors like the Greater kestrel, an African species also utilizes the area and rodents abound for the taking.

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by Ria Winters
Artists for Conservation

New species are not just discovered in the wild; sometimes it happens that a rare find is made in a depot of a long lost and forgotten specimen. This happened with a very rare member of the enigmatic family of "splitjaw snakes", Latin name: Bolyeriidae.

This blog leads - again - to Mauritius. The reason for my repeated mind travel to this country lies in the fact that so many unusual species have evolved there. No matter where you look, the species of the Mascarenes all have their own peculiarities.

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Terry Woodall
Artists for Conservation

With all the recovery efforts put forth by managing and monitoring the wilds, isn't it great when wildlife does it on their own, setting their own course and thumbing their collective noses at us? It further proves the resilience of wildlife in overcoming obstacles and expanding their territory, or in this case, escaping the human domain.

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by AFC
Artists for Conservation

On January 14, 2012, AFC's annual exhibit travelled to Tucson, Arizona to open at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Art Museum. The opening day broke all-time attendance records for an art exhibit opening at the museum. Susan Fisher, Director of the ASDM Art Institute commented: "Wow! What a turnout we had. There was a record number of attendees topping all previous records for Gallery receptions here at the museum. Visitors were very impressed with the quality of the show and really seemed to enjoy looking at the works...

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 by Pollyanna Pickering
Artists for Conservation

When your life is entwined with wildlife you see both the very best and very worst of humanity. Standing in the education centre in the Animals Asia sanctuary near Chengdu, China I had tears streaming down my face as I held a heavy corset restraint which had been removed from a bear rescued from a bile farm. This instrument of torture had been used to severely restrict the bear's movement, while a hinged panel allowed access for the daily milking of bile through an open wound.

A Boy Called Polly
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by Phyllis Frazier
Artists for Conservation

Although my original intention with this second entry (of a two-part series) was to write about the history of wildlife artists who use poetry in their artworks, I was surprised to discover that, (with the exception of Rachel Dillon, a book by Carl Brenders, and an exhibition of children's art with poems sponsored by David Shepherd), there was not much of a history of this coupling.

Posted on Thursday, October 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

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Rachel Dillon
Artists for Conservation

I have yet to meet a first grader who doesn't love animals and art. I've worked with a lot of students to come to this conclusion. This past year has taught me how important creative expression is to our youth, and how creative time is dwindling for them. So many elementary schools in the U.S. don't have art rooms, let alone art teachers. Some teachers are able to incorporate art into their curriculum, but it sounds like it's getting harder and harder to do that, while adhering to strict state-wide standardized tests.

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 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

Forming good natural resource policies first requires looking to the future, and establishing what objectives we want to reach and what kind of outcomes we want to avoid. I like to divide the strategies we use to reach the goals we set into two categories: conservation and management.

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