Each month, AFC recognizes an artist for their strong commitment to conservation through art. This month, AFC salutes Patricia Griffin.
Patricia Griffin began her commitment to nature by donating close to home, to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education. She then made a major commitment on behalf of one particular species. In 2004, she acquired the Wesley Church, a 1900’s brick building whose rafters house one of the largest brown bat maternity colonies in Northeastern PA. The protection of this particular bat species is significant, as they only have one or two pups a year. The church’s peaked roof and rafters, and hot summer temperatures, act as an incubator for hundreds of developing pups. The colony at Wesley Church can consume more than three quarters of a million mosquitoes each night. Students from both Pennsylvania State University and East Stroudsburg University research and collect data on site.
In 2012, she joined Artists For Conservation as a Signature Member and has contributed to its "Silent Skies" Mural project.
In 2015, Griffin purchased a twenty acre plot of wetlands to preserve from development. It is an important source of the skunk cabbage which is an essential early spring diet for a mother black bear who returns with cubs in April to feed.
Recently, she was a participating artist in the Sketch for Survival 2018 exhibition and auction, sponsored by Explorers Against Extinction ( http://www.explorersagainstextinction.co.uk/sketch-for-survival-2018 . ) The Sketch for Survival touring exhibition and auction consisted of 26-minute sketches and other signed artworks, all of endangered species. Profits from the auction are donated to African parks, to help establish a program for safeguarding elephant and other iconic species against poaching.
For the last six years she has been invited to participate in the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the largest event of its kind in the US. SEWE promotes wildlife and nature conservation and preservation.
In 2021 Griffin’s work “Mass Ascension” was featured in an exhibit “Three Billion”, sponsored by Georgia Audobon, representing the three billion North American birds that have been lost in the past 50 years. The exhibits purpose: to bring awareness of this unfolding tragedy and its potential solutions, through the medium of art. https://www.georgiaaudubon.org/three-billion-art-exhibit.html
Griffin’s work has raised funds to ensures precise and efficient allocation of resources to advance-wildlife habitat, research, and education across Wyoming with The WYldlife Fund and its Signature Project Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow , 2022 . https://thewyldlifefund.org/
2018 to present Griffin’s “1800’s” series, is an ongoing collection of tryptic paintings, highlighting the need to reinstate large tracts of land for the sole purpose of repopulating the regenerative native herds of bison. The prairie grasses that flourish under bisons footsteps have an 11 foot root structure that: preserves soil, stores large quantities of carbon and replaces over grazed habitat for wildlife.
"I will continue to use my work as a billboard for awareness- a vehicle for the awakening of the human soul to the necessity of protecting and preserving that which does not speak a human language.”