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The AFC Conservation Artist Award is awarded monthly to honour a member for outstanding artistic talent and extraordinary contribution to the conservation cause. At the end of each year, a prior recipient of the monthly honour is selected for the annual Simon Combes Conservation Award.

The Simon Combes Conservation Award was created by the AFC in February 2005 to honour Combes' memory. Combes, world-renowned painter, author, instructor and dedicated conservationist, was tragically killed by a charging Cape Buffalo while hiking near his home in Kenya on December 12, 2004.  At the time, Combes was the Director of the Kenya chapter of the Rhino Rescue Trust (www.rhinorescue.org), an organization founded in 1985 to protect endangered species from poachers and to help the communities surrounding Lake Nakuru National Park affected by wildlife conflicts.   As this is the first year for the award, the first recipient has yet to be selected.

Susan Shimeld
Susan Shimeld has been a keen naturalist and conservationist for many years. Initially her support was through voluntary work and donations, but since becoming a professional wildlife artist she has been combining her love of wildlife and art, and has supported  Wildlife Conservation Societies through her artwork. She has also been rescuing animals and birds since childhood and is still actively involved in conservation work on a voluntary basis.
 
"The study of wildlife behaviour and caring for animals in order for them to be reintroduced back into the wild, has given me so much pleasure. My wish, is that in some small way I have been able to reciprocate.  On many occasions whilst spending blissful hours walking through woods and across meadows; I have often found myself in the company of various forms of wildlife including: deer, hares, birds and voles: foraging and just going about their normal daily activities. Sometimes these precious encounters have been at such close quarters - I've hardly dared to breathe.  Precious moments that I will always treasure."
 
During 1989, Susan began working from her Larmer Tree Studio, as a self-taught, professional Wildlife Artist.  
 
In 1996 she became a member of the Dorset Bat Group and  has since participated in bat surveys and counts for the Bat Conservation Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Vincent Wildlife Trust. Having been interested in bat welfare for so many years, she became a Registered Bat Rescuer & Carer in 2003. As a Registered Bat Carer she rescues orphaned and injured bats in order to care for them until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Each year Susan also participates in nest and colony surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology. She and her husband also rescue any birds or mammals that are in need of a helping hand. The most recent being 3 orphaned peachicks. 
 
In 2003, whilst working with the Orangutan Foundation, she was asked to display her artwork at the Zoological Society in London. The Orangutan Foundation founder, Birute Galdikas, was giving a seminar at the ZSL.  "Birute is one of my heroes, a lady whom I have supported and much admired for many years.  At the end of the evening I was lucky enough to meet Birute, and couldn't believe it when she said that she recognised the orangutan in my 'Baby Orangutan' portrait.  She very kindly asked if she could purchase a signed and messaged 'Baby Orangutan' fine art print, which I gladly gave as a gift.  In return, she also signed a print for me; including a lovely personal message, which is now proudly displayed on my wall at home.  It was super to meet such a special lady, and I was on Cloud 9 for weeks!"
 
In 2009, I was delighted to be signed with the Wildlife Art Company, established by Mark Cawardine and Rachel Ashton. Mark Carwardine is the world renowned BBC zoologist, photographer and author. The Wildlife Art Company is a natural history agency for Wildlife Art.
 
"As a child, I watched in fascination the animals, insects and birds around me. I adored wildlife and also thoroughly enjoyed drawing. During my teens I became a keen conservationist and throughout the following years, my love of art and concern for our fellow creatures has been unceasing. I have always wished to illustrate a natural history publication and in 2006 my wish was realized, when I was invited to provide drawings for two Wolf Conservation books. 
"My artwork very much reflects my love of nature and using a variety of media, my natural history paintings and illustrations are often highly-detailed. This, with my other interests: the study of natural history, photography, voluntary wildlife rescue; is integral to my work. Along with studying behavioural patterns of individual species; I’m also intrigued by the myriad colours and patterns within nature. I've also always been fascinated by textures, shadows, movement and reflected light."

"With each artwork, I wish to capture the essence of my subject and convey to the viewer: the beauty, intricacy and deep connection we have with our fellow creatures and our natural world."

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wildlife art Colette Theriault
Animal Artistry (Wildlife Art & Pet Portraits)
She volunteers and donates artwork and reproductions to various conservation and community organizations such as Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre (Walden, Ontario), Pet Save (Sudbury, Ontario), ARK (Animal Rescue of Kap- Kapuskasing, Ontario), and Kisma Wildlife Preserve (Tremont, Maine).
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wildlife art Ilse de Villiers
Specializing in African Wildlife.
As a wildlife artist & avid animal lover Ilse is committed to the conservation of wild animals & their ever diminishing natural habitats. "It has always been my aspiration to contribute towards conservation causes through my art. Being a member of AFC is a testament of this. Every year I try to be involved with at least two worthy Conservation projects & to help them raise much needed funds & awareness through my art."


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wildlife art Colin Starkevich
Oil and Acrylic painting
 Colin hopes to use his artwork in The Grassland Series to raise the awareness about this region and to support conservation efforts within the Grasslands. Through his work Colin also hopes to inspire others to utilize their unique abilities to make a positive difference in the world around them.
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Colin Starkevich...
 
wildlife art Cher  Anderson
Wildlife Painting and Photography
Cher and her husband John rescue giraffes, raise zebras and Andalusian horses on their 20 acre ranch in Chandler, Arizona. They are surrounded by their four legged friends.
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wildlife art Barry MacKay

“If I had my choice, I’d like to paint,” remarks Barry. At the same time, he feels he has to direct his time towards his extensive advocacy work on behalf of animals and the environment. 
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wildlife art Dale Weiler
Stone Sculptures
Dale Weiler feels he was born to be a stone sculptor.  "Sculpting stone nurtures my soul and allows to me to create something in which I can truly take pride. Plain and simple, it’s what I was put on this earth to do."   He was also destined to devote much of his time, energy and artistic skills to the conservation of the natural world. 
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wildlife art Bruce Lawes
Specializing in Wildlife, Equine and landscape paintings
The bottom line for AFC Signature artist Bruce Lawes:  “Without the individual and corporate efforts today, we may not be able to preserve and enjoy all we cherish with our children tomorrow
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wildlife art Chirag Thumbar
India Wildlife paintings
VChirag Thumbar works with organizations and NGOs for awareness and conservation causes for wildlife in India. He encourages the young generation of surrounding villages of the protected areas to appreciate the nature and utilize their artistic skill to generate revenue. He donates a percentage out of the sale of paintings every year to support financially NGOs and  Conservation Foundations.


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Chirag Thumbar...
 
wildlife art Krish Krishnan
Author - Artist - Traveler
"Through pen and paint I seek to portray the emotional essence of such places. As a much-exhibited artist I focus on landscapes and wildlife, capturing their essence using a variety of techniques including scratchboards, watercolors, and acrylic mediums. 
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Krish Krishnan...
 

 

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