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Lyn Ellison

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for September, 2012

Each year Lyn supports a conservation project and donates some of her earnings from prints and originals towards this project. For 2005-06 she supported The Australian Orangutan Project and adopted an Orangutan baby called Lidya from the OFI Care and Quarantine Centre in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, Indonesia. Since then she has continued this activity by, in 2007  supporting Africat -Namibia and adopted a cheetah called Vincent. In 2008 -2009 she supported Birds Australia, and in 2009 - 2012, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya where she supports a young elephant called Ndii.

In previous years she supported The Great Ape Project (Australia), Birds Australia and Wildcare - Australian Koala Hospital.
In the last few years Lyn has travelled to Africa and has come back full of inspiration from the wildlife and the landscapes there.

It was on one of her trips in the Australian outback that Lyn rescued a young wallaroo joey and raised her successfully at home before releasing her back into the wild. She found this such a unique experience that she wrote and illustrated a book about Lucky the wallaroo called "Wild About You - Lucky Chance". She also wrote another book with fellow artist Peta Boyce "Wild About You - Friends With Feathers"

After years as a potter and sculptor, Lyn was inspired by her friendship with a white backed magpie and her new home in a river valley in Queensland Australia. Here she found platypus in the river, possums on the roof and as she planted more and more trees. an increasing number of birds in the bush. She has been painting wildlife ever since.

After potting and sculpting she found the ability to place her subjects in a landscape and to be able to tell a story with her painting to be the liberating outlet she needed.

To begin with her subjects were those she was most familiar with, the ones she saw every day, living out their daily lives with all the patience, comedy and tragedy of wild creatures. With such a variety of wildlife close by she never thought she would ever need to look further afield. Magpies, kookaburras cockatoos, parrots, kingfishers, wrens, robins, honeyeaters were all within a stroll of her house and elusive platypus and wallabies needed only a little more patience to be seen. But of course like any all consuming interests she was soon ranging further afield to study rarer subjects like the Alberts Lyrebird found in the mountainous rainforest and the yellow footed rock wallaby found only in rocky areas in outback South Australia.

Somewhere along the way she also started a love affair with owls and has been seeking out owl subjects to paint whenever she can. Australia and South East Asia has some wonderful owls and Lyn is doing her best to paint them all!

She has exhibited her work in solo and joint exhibitions at various Australian galleries as well as an exhibition and book launch for her two, Wild About You books. Lyn has taken part in many wildlife exhibitions with fellow artists in Australia and overseas and received various awards.

Recently in 2007, 2009 and 2011 she has had exhibitions with 2 fellow artists Peta Boyce and Judy Scotchford to celebrate the wonders of Africa. These exhibitions called "A Brush with Africa" have been a great success and given an insight into the beautiful, wild counties of Namibia and Tanzania.

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