J. Sharkey Thomas

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for September, 2006

The proceeds from countless originals, prints, reproductions, and royalties have assisted a wide range of animal and conservation organizations over the years, including The Owl Foundation, The World Wildlife Fund Canada, WWF USA, The Western Canada Wilderness Committee, The Lanark SPCA, The Ontario Wolf League, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, Friends of Animals, Long Island Ocelot Club, Burnaby Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. in Burnaby, and The Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Salt Spring Island.
" I fell in love with the natural world a long time ago. A great many changes have taken place over time, but although our emerald planet seems to be bursting with humanity even as the forests fall, I believe that we are slowly opening our eyes to the value of every living form and to the responsibility we each have to be guardians of nature. Great educators like Dr. David Suzuki for example are making a difference. This is where my faith and trust lies, and I have hope for the life of Earth's wild places."
A naturalized Canadian artist, born in the USA in 1930, trained and free-lanced commercially in New York until moving to Ottawa Canada in 1963. Focused predominately on animals and nature subjects which were reproduced and distributed by Pepper House Fine Arts Ltd. Solo exhibitions in Ottawa, Toronto, New York and Salt Spring Island. Paintings shown in gallery collections in Victoria, Vancouver, Penticton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ottawa, Halifax and Wolfville. Elected to Society of Animal Artists in 1973, exhibiting annually in the SAA group shows in numerous USA cities. Relocated to British Columbia after teaching several seasons at the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts, settling on Salt Spring Island BC in 1985.

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