Awards

AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Stephen Jesic AU

"Morning Reflections" (Acrylic)

I always like to show animals or birds interacting or showing their natural behaviour. In this case " Morning Reflections" depicts a magnificent Scarlet Macaw preening itself in a very intimate setting. Perched in the upper canopy I wanted the rainforest scene to surround this vibrant, stunningly coloured bird with bromeliads and moss covered branches glistening in the morning light. The macaw and foreground being so vibrant in colour required a quieter, softer rainforest backdrop to balance the composition giving the painting a greater depth and tranquil negative space. The interplay of light and colour was demanding but a sheer joy to paint.

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Morning Reflections | Wallhanging by Stephen Jesic | Artists for Conservation 2019
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

- Rosetta US

"Balancing Act" (Bronze)

The inspiration for this sculpture was simply the elegant beauty of a relaxed cougar reclining on a graceful fallen tree. But as the title, "Balancing Act", implies, this cat is faced with more challenges than simply managing to stay perched on that small branch, with the balance of nature disrupted over so much of his range and the fallen tree hinting at the loss of appropriate habitat.

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Balancing Act | Sculpture by Rosetta | Artists for Conservation 2019
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Michael Dumas CA

"Mid Day Sun" (Oil)

This Carolina wren was observed at a 17th century Canadian historic site on a hot summer’s day. I was struck by two strong and distinct impressions; the intensity of light and shadow from a noon-day sun, and the diminutive size of the bird in comparison to the heaviness of the structures around it. The great difficulty of painting this scene had to do with simultaneously expressing the mass of the log enclosure and intricacies of scattered straw without losing the bird as the prime focal point. After many rough sketches exploring composition and angle of view, I settled on an elevated one establishing a sunlit area relatively free of distracting features. Even so, the earth and ground litter required a great deal of manipulation to keep the wren as the star performer in this humble narrative of daily life that is easily missed and often ignored.

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Mid Day Sun | Wallhanging by Michael Dumas | Artists for Conservation 2019
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Bruce Lawes CA

"In the Shadow of Greatness" (Oil)

In my painting, ‘In the Shadow of Greatness’, two leopards are represented, an adult female, mother, and her cub approximately 5 months old. They stand on a camel thorn acacia against a dramatic sky. Leopards in East Africa generally favour a variety of acacia or fig trees due to the vantage point it gives them and also because they provide a great shade canopy. The young depend on their mother for food and do not leave the den until they are 3 months old. At 12 to18 months, the cubs are ready to live on their own and at 2 or 3 years old will create their own offspring. I hope my painting gives you the feeling of a master hunter teaching the next generation in the ways of greatness.

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In the Shadow of Greatness | Wallhanging by Bruce Lawes | Artists for Conservation 2019
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Bruce Lawes CA

"Your Highness" (Oil)

In my painting, ‘Your Highness’, an African adult lioness sits atop her throne, a yellow bark acacia, also known as a fever tree. As many people may think that the African lion doesn’t climb trees it is now known that tree climbing lions are not as rare and unusual as was initially thought. It used to be Lake Manyara National Park that was famous for its tree climbing lions. Young lions see older lions climb trees and copy the behaviour so the habit remains in that pride. And like any skill, the more that they do it, the more adept and confident they become. My painting depicts one of the tree climbing lions of the Serengeti.

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Your Highness | Wallhanging by Bruce Lawes | Artists for Conservation 2019
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Cathy Weiss US

"Orphans at Play" (Oil)

This oil painting depicts two orphaned elephants at an orphanage in South Africa. Both were photographed at the orphanage doing well after their separate rescues due to the mothers being killed by poachers. These heroic conservation efforts will allow these two elephants to be reintroduced back into the wild to live as free wild animals.

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Orphans at Play | Wallhanging by Cathy Weiss | Artists for Conservation 2019

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