AFC Reveals 2012 Exhibit Book Cover - Painting by BC Artist Mark Hobson

Mark Hobson, AFC Exhibit 2012, Annual Exhibit Book

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - July 9, 2012 - AFC is proud to announce Mark Hobson's "Steller's Jay: Among Alders" painting has been selected for the cover of the 2012 Art of Conservation Exhibit Book. The annual hardcover "coffee-table" will be published on sustainably forested paper, as a companion to the 5th annual AFC Exhibit, showing in Vancouver, BC running October 13th thorough to October 21st. The book features images of all the art on display at the upcoming 2012 AFC Festival and virtual show.

"There are hundreds of outstanding artists within the ranks of the AFC whose work I have long admired, and so I am deeply honored to have my work chosen to grace the cover of the 2012 AFC annual publication," says Mark.

Mark Hobson is a Tofino, BC artist best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rainforests to the underwater realm, the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work. A strong advocate for preserving the wilderness he loves to paint, Mark has donated numerous paintings and much of his time to efforts to preserve natural environments. He was B.C.'s Wildlife Artist of Year in 1996 and four times Artist's Magazine annual competition has awarded his wildlife images high honours. Over twenty of his wildlife images have been printed by Ducks Unlimited as fund-raising limited edition prints and in 2006 he was chosen as their Artist of the Year. On three occasions he has won the Pacific Salmon Foundation's stamp competition and the Royal Canadian Mint has four times invited him to design coins for their collector's editions. The National Geographic Society has displayed his work in Washington D.C.

AFC President, Jeff Whiting explains: "Mark is a long-time supporter and member of AFC and an exemplary leader in our community, having dedicated his life to communicating the beauty of our natural history and leading important conservation initiatives to protect iconic natural areas. His artwork is visually stunning and captures the natural essence of Canada's Pacific Northwest habitat."

Mark Hobson is currently championing the protection of Canada's west coast wilderness, having envisioned and organized an expedition with fifty artists - some of Canada's most celebrated and many who of First Nations heritage. His efforts are bringing attention to the dramatic beauty and fragile diversity of the remote coastal wilderness of northern and central B.C. that would be at risk with proposed super-tanker traffic through rough and perilously narrow channels. Eight fellow Signature Members of Artists for Conservation participated.

Mark will be attending the AFC Festival and providing a lecture about the expedition during the festival Oct 13 - 21st. Watch for the program schedule on the AFC festival site and don`t miss Mark's special lecture.

Learn more about Mark Hobson through his AFC website.

AFC Media Contact:

Jennifer Maloney
Phone. 604.727.4506



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