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Christopher Walden

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for August, 2004

If you were to ask Chris to describe himself, he would tell you that he is, first and foremost, a father to his three boys, second, a lover of the outdoors and, third, just a "Kiwi" from NZ who likes to paint what he knows and who has been lucky enough to make a living from it.

Chris feels the need to give back to the lands and animals he paints by making sure that they are still around for many generations to come. To accomplish this mission, Chris has teamed up with several conservation groups in the U.S. to lend his talents to help raise money and awareness to preserve the habitats that are in danger. Chris's involvement with groups such as Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Rough Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has given him the opportunity to share his artwork and his views on preservation with a wide group of people across the country. Over the past 20 years, Chris has raised over 35 million dollars for conservation through donations of his artwork.

Raising funds and awareness for conservation does not stop at the border. Chris has taken his mission back home to New Zealand where two-thirds of our world's most endangered birds reside. Chris has formed a non-profit tour group called SPACE (South Pacific Artist Conservation Effort). Chris hosts a group of six to ten outdoorsmen for a 13-day tour of the land he grew up in. In those 13 days, they will experience trout fishing in lakes and streams, opening day of duck season, the opportunity to hunt wild turkey, red deer, quail, pheasant, and rabbit. They will also go on a two-day deep sea- fishing tour out of the harbor of Whakatane where they will encounter the active volcano of White Island, as well as some of the best fishing in the world. One never knows what they will pull up from the depths of the South Pacific. Chris has even been known to bring up a 12-foot bronze whaler shark that was released. The money raised from these trips is put back into the conservation effort going on in New Zealand by NZ Ducks Unlimited and the NZ Fish and Game Board.

Combining his passion for creating art and protecting wildlife, Chris and his work reach a singular place. The artwork of Chris Walden vibrantly portrays the passion and beauty of the natural world. The untamed wildlife featured in his work evokes the mystery and turbulence of creation. Viewers are challenged to experience the essence of the natural world in it most raw form.

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