The conservation area near my art studio has four distinct ecosystems within a relatively small space almost completely surrounded by development, so there has been concern about its fragility and its importance. We have tiny Western Screech Owls, Pacific Skinks and other creatures raising families right by the fence lines. The forest floor has changed, water supplies have been diverted and some trees have fallen. The district parks do their best to care for fragile areas, but community support...
Art can help to remind each of us of our place in nature, and helps us find our way home for a healthy sustainable future. As an artist I hope that sharing my artwork helps others to see what I see and to love what I love.
With sketchbook in hand, I am particularly interested in observing and learning about resilient wild survivors (plants, insects, birds and animals) at the wildland-urban interface. I am interested in looking beyond just appearances, to see patterns, connections and the hidden order in disorder.
"Pay attention. Live astonished. Tell about it. "
STARTING AT HOME
Observations and ideas may start with individuals working independently, but once shared they can start ripples and contribute to positive change. We each make positive choices when we care about our surroundings. Artists have unique roles as observers, and sometimes as storytellers. Our work gains meaning when shared with others.
ARTISTS FOR CONSERVATION
The AFC community offers opportunities to contribute to a culture of caring, alongside like-minded artists supporting worthy causes. I am honoured to become a member of this group! I look forward to supporting conservation efforts and education programs for the protection of our natural environment and wildlife, through the sale of my artwork.
I am also committed to participation and positive choices that contribute locally to conservation in my own community and in the Okanagan region.