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Suzie Seerey-Lester

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for June, 2014

The Seerey-Lesters have been involved in raising funds for conservation for over 30 years. Together they raise funds to save African and American wildlife and habitat. Suzie's husband, John, was the featured AFC conservation artist of the month for May and as explained then, they both devote a large amount of time every year raising funds for their favorite groups. While it was tempting to combine this month's featuring to include both John and Suzie because they are a team, it is also unfair as they both make individual contributions to the AFC mission of supporting nature through art.

Suzie is licensed by the State of Florida as a Marine Turtle Rescue Personnel and received the Presidents' Volunteer Service Award for her work with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. She has spent many hours on the beaches of Florida protecting the nesting sites of marine turtles.

In addition to working with AFC, Suzie has supported a range of conservation and art organizations over the past number of years.  A few of the other organizations she has worked with include: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum , The Bennington Art Museum, The Ocean Foundation, Coos Bay Art Museum, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Audubon Society, The National Zoo, Honolulu Zoo, Society of Animal Artists, Save our Seabirds Sanctuary, Survival Outreach Sanctuary, Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, The Jane Goodall Institute, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, and the Zoological Society of Florida. 

 

As a diving instructor, Suzie traveled around the world to teach diving. While working for the CIA, she taught CIA agents, Secret Service Agents, US Marshals, FBI Agents and other law enforcement personnel how to dive. Traveling gave Suzie the opportunity to see extraordinary creatures up close, which she has captured in her paints. Suzie has also traveled worldwide to paint, including the rainforest in Guatemala, Alaska and Africa. Suzie has now expanded her artwork to include aquatic mammals, African birds and mammals, and landscape and figurative work.

Suzie has won several distinguished awards for her art including Artist of the Year from the Ocean Foundation, exhibited at Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bennington Art Museum's Art and the Animal Kingdom Tour, Coos Bay Art Museum where she received an Award of Merit, and Grant's Pass Museum. Suzie was honored by the Raymond James Financial Organization in "Women in Arts" as the first female wildlife artist from their collection. She has won Top 200 and Top 100 in "Arts for the Parks", and has had her artwork published in "The Best of Oil Painting" book.

Suzie is also an author and her book "My Painting is Done - Now What Do I Do?" published in 2006 is an important read for artists.

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