Whitney Kurlan, has primarily been a wildlife and equine artist for over 30 years. Having a strong connection to Africa she decided to focus mainly on those species and landscapes. She was awarded the congressional medal for watercolors, early on in her career and had since branched out into pastels and oils. Whitney has partnered with several individuals in South Africa for reference material, as well as supporting an eco based safari company in Tanzania. She gives a percentage of her profits to support the local people, as well as continuing to give back to wildlife conservation and preservation with the sales of her endangered wildlife artwork.
In 2018 Whitney was asked to work on the Art Committee Board with Zoo New England, to help raise funding for their annual fundraiser to support their efforts in conservation, gene studies and projects for further exhibits and conservation efforts. Consulting with the other board members and Director on unique programs utilizing art as the vehicle to further educated conservation issues and on going efforts Zoo New England is undertaking globally.
In 2018 Whitney went back to school. She was accepted into Tufts University Museum School of Fine Art, where she further worked on her illustration and design skills to round out her training.
In 2019 Whitney moved to Aiken South Carolina with her 3 rescue dogs and a horse. She has a brand new studio and offers instruction and workshops in fine art. Her new series "Vanishing Wildlife" featuring endangered wildlife from Africa and South & North America, supporting respective non-profit groups for endangered species. Since moving to Aiken S.C., it seemed appropriate to include the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker which is an endangered species living right next door to Whitney. Currently she is working on her "Vanishing Species" collection of fine art, a series of children's books and designing limited edition labels for the beverage industry.
"It's not enough to create beautiful art. For me it's about making a difference, using my art as a voice for those who do not have one."
She is a self-taught artist, from Connecticut. She received the Connecticut Congressional award for watercolors early in her career, and during college was hand picked to work with conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. She is well-versed in multi mediums but perfers oils, pastels, graphite and digital medium. She has been selected for numberous solo shows and events, including the David Shepard International Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2017. Her artwork had been collected by Jimmy Buffett who is also a ambassador for the environment, private institutions and business' as well as Painted Dog Conservation.
Whitney recently came back to her artwork after a spinal accident in 2012. "I'm excited to have the time to focus now full time on my artwork and conservation efforts thought my paintings of endangered wildlife & the other animals I treasure. My primary focus is on wildlife species and their landscapes. I donate a percentage of my profits to multiple organisations to do my part in a global effort of awareness."
Whitney was recently elected into the Pastel Society of America and is one of the very few dedicated wildlife artists in that organization.