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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.

Sandi Lear


Sandi Lear of Australia has been involved with gaining awareness and helping to raise funds for conservation. "We have an obligation to the places and animals with which we share this planet, to redress some of our poorer choices, and plan to make better ones...art through conservation is very dear to my heart and allows me to pursue my own ethical obligations."

Included in her efforts was the approaching of Jim and Jamie Dutcher of Living with Wolves for permission to use some of their amazing photography to compose a painting, and then running a successful online auction. The piece is entitled: “First Light” and was acquired by a lovely lady in the Yukon who then donated more money to the organisation. Shortly after, Sandi was contacted by Jessica Warwick for Project Orangutan Exhibition in Sydney, a fundraiser for International Animal Rescue Inc, and painted and donated two paintings for the exhibition & subsequent sale.

Sandi continues to work towards and donate work to the cause of raising awareness and funds to support global conservationist activities through her art, supporting charities for the preservation of species and habitats such as the Great Barrier Reef, re-population of wolves in the USA and Europe, preserving Sugar Glider and other marsupial habitats in Australia, to name a few.

Fortunate to have two studios and therefore two homes, one is 2.5 acres of rainforest and orchard on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland. There Sandi and her fiancé have a platypus habitat, also many wild birds, frogs, snakes and marsupials make their home. More importantly, Sandi is an apiarist, and dedicated to doing everything possible to help bees learn to deal with Varroa (new to Australia) mite and protect from pesticides and pollution; companion planting to provide nectar and pollen for birds, bees and butterflies, and grow household crops. 

In addition, Sandi is guest speaker at the local TREAT - Trees for the Evelyn & Atherton Tablelands, a forestry initiaitive working with local people who prepare and plant native seedlings for reforestation and rehabitat projects. An ex-paramedic Sandi provides advice on first aid, lectures on ticks, snakes and other issues such as Leptospirosis; as well as being involved in the preparation and planning of reestablishment of animal corridors and indigenous plant species. 

Having travelled and lived all over the world with a myriad of careers/jobs/living and sailing the world's oceans..."I have a love of the outdoors and all living things, wild or not-so-wild. Due to a medical condition I cannot travel to a lot of the places for resource and so work with a few world class photographers to provide inspiration for anatomy and behaviour. Always with music playing in the background, I am largely studio based. The animals and wild places I paint inspire me by drawing parallels with the human condition, often the higher values and ideals to which we would love to aspire."

Sandi works exclusively in watercolour. Winning emerging artist and open awards, her work is represented internationally and features in private collections in Australia, the orient, the USA and Europe.

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New Members of the WNAG
wildlife art Peggy Sowden
Painting Landscape and wildlife in Acrylic, Watercolour ,and charcoal
Peggy Sowden has joined a number of  West Coast artists in group shows and has been an active participant in the campaigns to preserve the old growth forest in BC's Carmanah Valley and the lower Tsitika Valley/Robson Bight. Recently she participated in the Raincoast Conservation Foundation's "Art for an Oil Free Coast" campaign which sought to prevent oil tanker traffic off Canada's west coast.
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wildlife art Dorcas MacClintock
Animals Observed
Dorcas MacClintock is immersed in her love for nature and wildlife. Immersed in the sense of having frequent visits with wildlife, writing about many species and capturing their personalities in her sculpture artwork. In addition to being a long-time member of Artists for Conservation, she actively supports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Wilderness Society, the Nature Conservancy and several other conservation organizations.
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wildlife art Megan Kissinger
Acrylic Painting
Like so many members of Artists For Conservation, Megan identifies one of the key functions of nature art is to raise awareness, to inspire, and to motivate viewers to appreciate and act to protect the natural world.
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wildlife art Wayne Chunat

Over the past 45 years, Wayne has used his professional experience and art endeavors to support local park districts and non-profit organizations in the US and primarily in NE Ohio. 
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wildlife art Barry Bowerman
Wildlife, Landscape
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' 
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wildlife art Elizabeth Cogley
Australian Wildlife and Environmental Art in Mixed Media
Over the years, Elizabeth has contributed to helping with the care of injured and orphaned wildlife by donating some of her time and some of the proceeds from her artwork. 
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wildlife art David Prescott
Wildlife, Western, Big Cats, Birds of Prey, Domestic, Landscape
David Prescott's original paintings, have raised considerable amounts of money for worthy causes throughout America and the British Isles. 
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David Prescott...
 
wildlife art Kathy Haycock
Paintings From Nature
Kathy Haycock has been a supporter of numerous Canadian environmental and animal habitat protection foundations for many years. 
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Kathy Haycock...
 
wildlife art Douglas Aja
African Wildlife, Elephants,
Douglas Aja has been sculpting African wildlife since the late 1990s. Since that time he donates a portion of the sales proceeds to various conservation organizations as well as donates sculptures for fund raising events. 
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"Reflection Humpbacks"
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