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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.

Barry Bowerman
Barry possesses a keen interest in nature, wildlife and conservation and uses this, with his attention to detail, to accurately portray a wide range of subjects in their natural surroundings. Themes for his paintings, although weighted towards the wildlife genre, include landscapes. In a time when many of our birds and mammals are endangered and at risk of extinction, it is of paramount importance to create a legacy of images that can serve as a reminder of the majesty that once wasThe same rationale applies to landscape subjects. The growth of urban areas impacts the urgency to preserve wilderness areas. Landscape images that create a sense of awe and evoke emotion from the viewer can only help to increase awareness of conservation or an inspiration for actions to save them.

Over the past 28 years Barry has proudly supported conservation efforts through Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area(Sudbury,ON, Canada). In response to the interest and support received over the years, Barry continues to donate generously to a number of local initiatives as a means of ‘giving something back' (e.g. Ducks Unlimited since 1988, Kidney Foundation, Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, Sudbury Kennel Club, Canadian Cancer Society, Catholic Women's League, Golf for a Cure, Access Aids, Conservation Ontario, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to name a few). 

"Now as a Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation, I pledge 10% of the sale proceeds to the conservation efforts of the AFC."

Barry, a Registered Professional Engineer, has been a proud resident of Sudbury, Ontario, since 1973 and is a member of the Walden Association of Fine Arts. He possesses a keen interest in nature, wildlife and conservation and uses this, with his attention to detail, to accurately portray a wide range of subjects in their natural surroundings. Themes for his paintings, although weighted towards the wildlife genre, include landscapes. 

The portrayal of landscapes and natural settings offers its own challenge of creating the mood of the moment by transferring the image on to the canvas or board. It forces the artist to understand the use of colour and light to capture this moment in time. Wildlife subjects and their natural surroundings require extensive research in order to achieve as high a degree of realism as possible. Barry's safari to Tanzania in 2004 (as part of the WPBS Television show ‘Journey of an Artist') was in keeping with his thirst for accurate and inspiring references.

Over the last 30 years, Barry's works have garnered recognition and received awards from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, NOAA, Ducks Unlimited, La Cloche Art Show and was recently the feature artist for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Dinner/Auction.

Barry's works have been widely collected locally and as far away as Australia. Having been selected as Ducks Unlimited's Ontario Sponsor Print Artist for 1994, limited edition prints of ‘Adrift' have been widely distributed among corporate and small business sponsors across Canada.

"In a time when many of our birds and mammals are endangered and at risk of extinction, it is of paramount importance to create a legacy of images that can serve as a reminder of the majesty that once was or an inspiration for actions to save them. The same rationale applies to landscape subjects. The growth of urban areas impacts the urgency to preserve wilderness areas. Landscape images that create a sense of awe and evoke emotion from the viewer can only help to increase awareness of conservation."

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Australian Wildlife and Environmental Art in Mixed Media
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