AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for April, 2017
Through her artworks, Elizabeth Cogley would like to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment by respecting and appreciating all living things existing on this earth.
She is a member of Friends of Leadbeater's Possum Inc. and has assisted with supplementary feeding of the Lake Mountain Leadbeater’s Possum sub species (in Victoria, Australia) after the fires of February 7th, 2009. Leadbeater's Possums are highly endangered. Proceeds from the sale of prints have assisted in raising funds for Friends of Leadbeater's Possum Inc. The Leadbeater's Possum, which is Victoria's State Faunal Emblem, is an endangered species. She is also a part of the Adopt a Nest Box program.
Over the years, Elizabeth has contributed to helping with the care of injured and orphaned wildlife by donating some of her time and some of the proceeds from her artwork.
From the furthermost points of Cape York, Queensland to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, from Steep Point, Western Australia to Byron Bay on the mainland and then Tasmania, from our deserts to our tropical areas, our ecosystems are so varied and amazingly beautiful. Elizabeth's aim is to explore each region and gather plenty of reference material and knowledge of each area’s history and it’s flora and fauna, and also take every opportunity she can to protect our ecosystems.
It is very important to her that the environment in which she paints any animal or bird, is well researched. Therefore, after many photos, quick sketches and notes, she will have enough information to begin a piece of artwork.
Depending on the environment and the subject, a choice of airbrushing, pastel or acrylic paint, or a combination of these is used. Watercolour, pencil and gouache are used for the animals or birds. Sometimes Elizabeth will use texture to highlight the beauty of a rock, bark, moss or even the earth. Mixed medium is her choice of media but she also uses oil paint when she feels it is appropriate.