Pete Marshall

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for December, 2012

Pete Marshall continues to be an active supporter of nature and the AFC mission. She has visited and donated work and rights to many conservation issues around the world including the Jane Goodall Institute in Entebbe,Polar Bears International, Loro Parque Foundation in Tenerife, Africat, Singinawa Tiger Lodge India, Dingo Discovery, Help for Wildlife and Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

In 2011, she was invited to a tiger conservation project in India with a group of international artists whose mission statement reads " Artists gather from around the world to help save the last of the wild tigers". She travelled on to Nepal,  and Kabali Lodge, where the young guides are passionate about their mission to give wonderful environmental and conservation education among the local communities. In addition to supporting wildlife she has also donated funds to a ' people'  cause - Eyes For Africa - cataract surgery in Ethiopia - to purchase a portable slit lamps, equipment, and fund individual operations, helping make life changing differences. Volunteers travel bi-annually  from Australia to remote regions to set up clinics and perform this incredibly needed, vital surgery for those who would have little chance of visiting a doctor, let alone one who could restore their vision so effectively.

Pete now works from her studio in the foothills north of Melbourne, Australia. Her empathetic works hang in many homes and collections around the world. She travels with husband Ian to research her material, experiencing  her subjects in their wild environment , and, where appropriate, donates art rights to conservation issues.  Pete has used her knowledge gained from her background in veterinary science together with  her passion for art to pursue her dream to become a full time artist specialising in wildlife - one who uses her skills to bring the beauty of wildlife and the fragility of the environment to public view, and to try to achieve a deeper awareness of the need for conservation and sustainability in all its aspects.

While wildlife is her main subject material, but Pete's artistic skill also encompasses portraits, seascapes, landscapes and murals. Her goal is not only to bring out the character of the subject, but to convey light and atmosphere in her work, and to capture the inherent aesthetic beauty which all living things possess - be it raging surf, a caged gorilla or a child at play - and promote that awareness  and emotion within the viewer.

I have learned to look on nature ....and I have felt a presence that disturbs me with joy of elevated thoughts .. of something far more deeply interfused........   William Wordsworth.

In recent years Pete has been fortunate enough to travel to collect material for her work, and has visited such places as the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Hoedspruit Endangered Wildlife Research Centre in South Africa, Orang Utan rehabilitation centres in Sabah and Sarawak, the avian rehabilitation centre in Costa Rica,  Raptore Centers in the UK, and the countries of Cuba, Uzbekistan and Canada, where not only the wildlife, but the people and environment make fascinating subjects.

Her paintings and commissioned works hang in Municipal, corporate and private collections both in Australia and overseas, and her paintings are presented in galleries and exhibitions around Australia. She has twice been a featured artist in the Australian Artist Magazine, feature artist in Artist Palette magazine, and her works have been used as the cover pieces by the Australian Veterinary Journal and stamp issue for Australia Post.

In 2006 she escorted a group of artist/photographers to Namibia, where she held an international art workshop at Africat and Okonjima. Two emerging Namibian artists were selected to join the group, and a great time was had by all. She  has also spent many years as the Exhibition Director of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia.

Currently Pete is involved in a most exciting project to create a national Wildlife Art Museum of Australia in the Grampians Region of Victoria, Australia. The project will be overseen by the Australian Wildlife Art  Foundation.  This visionary project will  not only have displays of the best of Australian Wildlife Art through the ages, but become an educational centre for emerging artists and young people to learn about Australia's unique wildlife, environment and conservational issues. It will be built on a wonderful parcel of land, reclaimed and landscaped with native indigenous flora, with informative walks, and boardwalks around a large wetland area. Native fauna and flora will be encouraged and protected, and visitors will be able to view all in a naturally conserved setting, and learn about its importance in the country in which they live in. International visitors will also get an 'up close and personal' experience of  Australia and its unique flora and fauna through the impressive art displays and  visuals both on the walls and in the grounds.

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