AFC artists contribute to the nature conservation cause in many ways. Susan Gosevitz's art, for example, has supported the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and The Bateman Foundation and she has collaborated on four children's' books that have promoted conservation awareness and connecting children to nature. The books, "Chucky The Lonely Inukshuk" 2009, "Larry the Loon" 2011, "Under your Nose" 2015 and, "On the Reef" 2016 are authored by Judith and Shandley McMurray. Proceeds from these books continue to support CWF and The Bateman Foundation.
A painter of nature, Susan creates scenes of natural moments to wake up, to calm, and to bring a sense of peace. "I see art as a collaboration with nature. Together we create the real and sublime in one, providing a return from hectic and stress, from consumption and chaos, to meditative simplicity. My art is defined by nature including land, water and wildlife. I have a deep respect for the natural world and the wildlife that lives within. Conservation awareness through artistic expression is my gift to nature. "
Susan has been a life-long artist and has a deep respect for nature and the natural world. Her paintings are serene with a spiritual quality inviting the viewer to connect with nature. She has exhibited widely including the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg. Original paintings can be found in public and private collections in North America. Susan is an award winning artist and a graduate of the Toronto School of Art where she received the top painting award and is the recipient of the 2012 Robert Bateman Award. Regular sessions at the Tobin Island art studio in Muskoka, Ontario have become a staple of Susan's summer life where work revolves around nature and especially the beauty of Muskoka.
Examples of her work on children's books are : "On the Reef" by Judith and Shandley McMurray which describes plastics in our oceans as a huge problem and a hazard for marine life. In this book is the plight of a Hawksbill Turtle that got entangled in plastic, was rescued by a caring family, and brought to safety.
Another book by the same authors, "Under Your Nose" was produced together with Robert Bateman and The Tobin Island Artists. The artists and authors of this book are passionate about the importance of connecting our children to nature. Children who play in nature reap the rewards for healthy emotional growth and foster a respect for wildlife and the natural world. In this book, two children explore nature at their grandparent's cottage. A thunderstorm and power outage renders their electronic gadgets useless. They discover through exploration and play all that nature has to offer. The mission of this children's' book is to connect children to nature with all its' wonders; an unlimited source of exploration and play.