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Gamini Ratnavira

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for May, 2005

Gamini Ratnavira was born and raised in tropical Sri Lanka. As a self-taught artist he uses his photographic memory and life experiences to produce vibrant, colorful images of the rain forest flora and fauna, which are complimented with intriguing stories and research information about each painting. His paintings reveal his love for art coupled with an unrestrained, lifelong reverence for nature and animals. After earning unequaled praise in his native land, Gamini moved to the United States where he continues a successful art career in Southern California. In addition to the AFC, he is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has exhibited with Birds in Art and Arts for the Parks top 100 tours. Gamini has exhibited in shows across the United States and his work is now collected worldwide. Gamini has been active in conservation initiatives for many years. He has escorted Prince Philip in the jungles of Sri Lanka and worked with him on the set of elephant postage stamps for Sri Lanka and the World Wildlife Fund. In all Gamini illustrated 38 postage stamps for the country. He has illustrated several species for Birdlife International. He was a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Gamini's life birdwatching list exceeds 4000 species. He illustrated several plates in the Field Guide to the Birds of Peru by Dr. James Clements. Gamini stayed with Sir Peter Scott and exchanged views of artwork at the wildfowl trust in England. He has traveled to over 36 countries researching endangered wildlife everywhere.
 
More recently Gamini is proud to be working with Project Wildlife for their new t-shirt and Lake Miramar educational Kiosk. They have a wonderful hummingbird rescue program. In addition to leading tours to the rain forest, Gamini has illustrated several books and continues to honor the nature he loves by speaking about the rain forest and giving slide presentations to children and wildlife lovers everywhere. Gamini lives with his wife Lisa and children Natalie, Beau and Brook in Fallbrook, CA. He founded and directed Fallbrook's nationally acclaimed "Reflections of Nature" wildlife art show.

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