Artists for Conservation – Silent Skies Mural

Silent Skies” is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world. 160 AFC artists from 15 countries participated in the project. The 100-ft installation formed the artistic centerpiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress in August 2018 in Vancouver, BC, after which, the mural will tour internationally. Below are the three species I contributed to the mural, Shore Plover (New Zealand), Meller’s Duck (Madagascar), and Mindoro Hornbill (Philippines). Each painting is 8 inches by 8 inches. You can read more about the “Silent Skies”¬† project on the AFC website by clicking here. A limited number of canvas giclee prints will be available for purchase from the AFC website as well.

Silent Skies

I think my favorite is the Mindoro Hornbill. I always wanted to paint a hornbill and this was the perfect reason to do so.

I want to thank three photographers who so graciously allowed me to use their images for reference, Mike Thorsen (Shore Plover); Dubi Shapiro (Meller’s Duck) and Tonji Ramos (Mindoro Hornbill).

Artists for Conservation Annual Exhibit

In 2009 I became a juried member of an exemplary group of international artists who, through their art, help support the conservation of wildlife and natural resources worldwide. Artists for Conservation holds a multi-day art and environmental education festival, featuring a world-class conservation themed juried art exhibit and expo in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have submitted my work to the jury for the art exhibit only twice. I was accepted for the virtual exhibit (website only) in 2011, and I’m happy to say that this year (my second time to submit), I was accepted for the live exhibit in Vancouver, BC in September. “What Was That” is a 14 x 18 acrylic painting of a Canada lynx. The lynx is also native to the state of Illinois where I live, so rather than a typical western setting, i.e., mountains etc., I choose a more Midwestern background for the painting.

Lynx

There were 85 pieces from 80 artists chosen by the jury for the live exhibit in Vancouver while the virtual (online) exhibit will feature 200 pieces from 143 artists. I am honored that my work was chosen by the jury for AFC’s prestigious annual event. Thanks to the jurors whose task, I’m sure, was a difficult one!

  • Brent Cooke – Artist and AFC Board Member;
  • Michael Dumas – Artist and AFC Member;
  • Pollyanna Pickering – Artist and AFC Board Member;
  • Holly Swangstu – Art Institute Director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum;
  • Debra Usher –¬†Publisher & Editor in Chief, Arabella Magazine

Pieces chosen for the traveling exhibit and award winners will be announced soon.