Edward Hobson

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for June, 2010

Ed is very involved in promoting the AFC  mission to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education, through art that celebrates our natural heritage.
Ed is involved in such diverse initiatives as , being a member of the East Africa Wildlife Society and a supporting member of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Duke University Primate Center and Bat Conservation International. He also supports the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W.) and designed the t-shirt for the first-ever "Giant Jumping Rat Marathon" in Morondava, Madagascar, to raise funds for environmental programs in and around Kirindy National Park. Until moving to the USA he was a volunteer at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
As put by Ed: "Each of us must use all of our talents - artistic and otherwise - to protect and preserve wildlife so that future generations may marvel at them in their natural habitat, not just as works of art in a gallery or museum. I hope that my artwork brings a bit of the wild to your life and encourages you to make your own contributions to the conservation effort."
A graduate of the University of Florida, he served six years as an officer in the US Air Force and then worked for 11 years as head of the crime scene investigations section at the Orlando (Florida) Police Department, where he also had the privilege of serving as the department's forensic artist. In fact, his forensic art courses through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and at the FBI Academy are the only formal art training he has ever had. While living in Orlando in the 1990s he began painting manatees, first in watercolor and then in pastel, and exhibited from time to time at art shows in Central Florida. He was fortunate enough to be honored with the award for "Best Manatee" at the Blue Springs Manatee Festival in 1993.
 Over the years he donated some of his manatee paintings to the WMFE charity auction to raise money for the Public Broadcasting Service in Central Florida. In addition to his paintings of manatees, he also produced a series of pastel paintings of various players on the Orlando Magic basketball team. These paintings were donated to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and were auctioned as part of their fund-raising campaigns. On two occasions his paintings have earned Honorable Mention in the international "Pastel 100" competition and one was a finalist in the annual competition from "The Artist's Magazine". In February 2009 his work was profiled in a feature article in "The Pastel Journal".

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