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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.

Dale Weiler
Dale Weiler feels he was born to be a stone sculptor.  "Sculpting stone nurtures my soul and allows 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. 
 Having spent twenty years refining and elevating his craft, he is honored to be an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, The Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation and The American Society of Marine Artists. His work resides in the permanent collections of numerous museums including Brookgreen Garden, The Ward Museum, The Woodson Museum, the Hiram Blauvelt Museum and most recently, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI). In May, 2018 his sculpture “Hellbenders Rock” will be installed in a new amphibian exhibit at the NC Zoo.
 "As my art form and mindset continues to evolve, I am now entering a new chapter in my artistic pursuits. Immersing myself in the art world has given me the opportunity to more intimately appreciate the delicate balance that exists between the environment and all living things, especially species that are endangered."
 "Because we see this balance being disrupted, my wife Loti Woods, and I have made a conscious decision to concentrate all of our energy and efforts to support wildlife conservation causes around the globe. To this end, we are currently working with the NC Zoo, RTPI, The WNC Nature Center, Conserving Carolina, The Bat Sanctuary, Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation and Defenders of Wildlife to pursue critical conservation programs."  100% of the net proceeds from all of Dale's sculptures now being sold will be donated to causes they support. Learn more at their website www.weilerwoodsforwildlife.com . “Protecting Wildlife and the Environment through Art” is their mission statement. 
Two of their most recent endeavors involve the sale of bronzes, cast from Dale’s stone originals.  Dale sculpted a snowy owl for an art exhibition of his and his father’s artwork in 2017 at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in NY.  In addition to donating the stone original to the institution, he and Loti had bronze castings made of the original and are donating 100% of the net proceeds of the sale of these bronzes to migratory bird research and other conservation causes being championed at RTPI. 

They have also just made another bronze available for funding of amphibian conservation causes at the North Carolina Zoo.  100% of the net proceeds of his bronze sculpture “Jumpin’ Jack-in-the-Pulpit” will be used to support hellbender habitat restoration and frog research being done by the zoo. And to bring awareness to the plight of one amphibian, hellbenders, the NC Zoo is installing “Hellbenders Rock”, a sculpture completed and donated by Dale in late 2017.

Moving forward, they are educating themselves and others on making a positive impact on conservation issues.  Dale’s sculptures will continue to be available to private art collectors and public institutions with the sales proceeds donated to worthy initiatives. Their ultimate goal is to use art to raise awareness and funds for protecting wildlife and their habitat.


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New Members of the WNAG
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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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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