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AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Don Alemany CA

"Chokecherry Wine" (Wood)

A highly detailed Blue Jay stands atop a weather worn branch, its beak holding a berry. The bird's feathers are depicted in intricate detail, with individual strands carefully crafted to give the appearance of real, vibrant plumage. The blue jay’s head is turned slightly to the side, giving the viewer a glimpse of its piercing gaze and sharp beak. A chokecherry branch flows up, its deep red wine-colored berries are a striking contrast to the blue jay's vivid blue. The artist hopes to bring out the awareness of the beauty of the natural world and the need for conservation.

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Chokecherry Wine | Sculpture by Don Alemany | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Best of Show Award Winner
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Janet Luxton AU

"Survivor" (Oil)

River red gum, Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges, Australia. River red gums may live a millennium advancing fast in favourable conditions and protectively shutting down in hard times. Their lifecycle is highly complex, and every stage provides sustenance and refuge to birds, mammals and reptiles. After 120 to 180 years useful hollows start to develop, accommodating many. I have been visiting this tree since 2003, an eye blink for the tree but in that time, I have seen it struggle against long droughts and savage flash flooding losing huge limbs to the latter. The tree magnificently persists.

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Survivor | Wallhanging by Janet Luxton | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Environmental Statement Award Winner
Environmental Statement Award
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Rachel Ivanyi US

"Puppet Master" (Watercolor)

Humans have a hand in all species labeled “invasive.” These animals are not inherently bad or evil. They have been successful in spreading and continuing their species. Whereas critters are just being critters, it has been greedy humans that have started the destruction with their meddling. Humans are the true invasive species.

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Puppet Master | Wallhanging by Rachel Ivanyi | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Interpretive/Abstract Award Winner
Best Interpretive / Abstract

Christine Knapp US

"Carpe Carp" (Bronze)

After many years of near extinction in northern Colorado, the River Otter has recently made a successful comeback. This bronze was created as a tribute to their return. I never tire of watching their antics whether searching for food or being playful. A larger outdoor garden size is also available measuring 36 inches high.

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Carpe Carp | Sculpture by Christine Knapp | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Interpretive/Abstract Award Winner
Best Interpretive / Abstract

Autumn Morrison CA

"Song of the Makers" (Acrylic)

If we get silent enough and open our hearts to wonder, we can hear the Song of the Makers amongst the stars of the night sky. This is the music of the primordial ones, timeless and vast, the ageless titans in a ceaseless odyssey of the void. In their wake floats creation, new galaxies and worlds birthed from their singing, effervescent and full of potential.

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Song of the Makers | Wallhanging by Autumn Morrison | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence
Pollyanna Pickering Memorial Award Winner
Pollyanna Pickering Award

Sophie Green GB

"Scales of Injustice" (Acrylic)

'Scales of Injustice' is a photorealistic piece, depicting a Pangolin coming out of the darkness and aims to raise awareness for the vulnerable state of the species. The piece was part of Sophie's 'Impermanence' Collection, which was exhibited in London and raised money for conservation projects worldwide through her Impermanence Project Fund.

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Scales of Injustice | Wallhanging by Sophie Green | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Michael Ashley US

"Dignity" (Mixed media)

'Dignity' is a mixed media painting dedicated to "Sudan" the last male Northern White Rhino who has since passed. Raising awareness of the ancient beauty and grace of these magnificent creatures through art was a long-time goal for me, having been being fascinated with the species since childhood. I painted this Rhino with emotional sadness reflecting on his past and the vulnerability of his species. The exaggerated colors represent the bright future, hope, and strength of the species. Colored pencil is diluted with Gamsol and the pigment is spread with a brush creating a fluid painting appearance on 140 lb. Arches hot press watercolor paper.

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Dignity | Wallhanging by Michael Ashley | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Garry Fleming AU

"In Your Hands" (Oil)

I have always loved painting wildlife up close and personal. The images of this big guy of the forest were simply irresistible. As I sketched him and worked the painting up, I couldn't help but wonder what he was pondering whilst looking back at the camera. It brought home to me that as big as he is, and in command of his forest - his fate really is in our hands. Is that what he was thinking? If it was, I hope that he has some faith in us as humans. I also hope I conveyed this through his portrait.

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In Your Hands | Wallhanging by Garry Fleming | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Mark Hobson CA

"Octopus: Emerging from its Den" (Acrylic)

The coast of B.C. and Alaska is home to the largest octopus in the world, the Pacific Giant octopus, which can grow tentacles almost 9 feet. They are shy and hide most of the day by camouflaging themselves among the rocks and seaweed. Agile hunters, they venture out at night in search of crabs and shrimp. I encountered an octopus on my first check out dive and was so moved by this intelligent, fluid animal that it started me on a life-long journey of trying to paint the underwater world. I take artistic license in depicting them red in colour which normally occurs when they are stressed or escaping. Their red mode is the perfect counterpoint to the dark greys and greens of their surroundings.

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Octopus: Emerging from its Den | Wallhanging by Mark Hobson | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Stephen Jesic AU

"Catching the Light" (Acrylic)

I wanted to paint this beautiful bird but never had a setting which would do the owl justice. I finally found a suitable old farm shed with combinations of farm memorabilia to design this painting. To make the Owl the center of attention, I kept the backdrop somewhat subdued with just enough detail to hold the viewers’ interest. I selected an Owl strutting a magical pose, showing the wing structure catching the light. The softness of the delicate feathers had patterns of cream and varying buff tones broken by patches of grey. Within the greys were tiny cream tear shaped markings. These were very time consuming to paint. It was such a difficult but very satisfying artwork to complete.

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Catching the Light | Wallhanging by Stephen Jesic | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Calvin Nicholls CA

"Paper Perch Nuthatch" (Wallhanging)

The playful and pleasant disposition of the nuthatches that visit our yard prompted an experiment. Coiling the flap of an opening cut from a sheet of heavy weight archival paper, I provided an angled resting point that set up interesting negative shapes behind the bird while enhancing the illusion of depth.

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Paper Perch Nuthatch | Wallhanging by Calvin Nicholls | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Natalie Parker AU

"Rainforest Glow" (Acrylic)

Kookaburras are one of my favourite Aussie birds, it has been a few years since I have painted these characters. They are forever sitting in the trees just outside my studio. Using a bit of 'artistic license' I decided to change the landscape that I photographed them in. Instead of a dry rural countryside, I decided to paint a greener setting inspired by seeing kookaburras in Barrington Tops National Park when I visited on a field trip. Creating a painting from a range of reference photos from different places is always fun and can be challenging at times, but I love that I can let my imagination play in my work!

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Rainforest Glow | Wallhanging by Natalie Parker | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Medal of Excellence Award Winner
Medal of Excellence

Alexandra Saunders US

"They Called Me Cecil" (Oil)

Cecil (2002 - 07/02/2015) was a young African lion in the prime of his life in Zimbabwe. He was being studied by a long-term study of lions. On the night of July 1, 2015, Cecil was illegally lured out of the protected area and killed by an American big game trophy hunter who has never been charged for his crime. As a lifelong conservationist, my hope is that my memorial portrait of Cecil serves to celebrate his life and the importance of protecting these majestic cats.

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They Called Me Cecil | Wallhanging by Alexandra Saunders | Artists for Conservation 2023
John Seerey-Lester Memorial Award Winner
John Seerey-Lester Award

Joyce Trygg CA

"Catching Rays" (Acrylic)

Forests filter our water and purify air, providing oxygen and storing carbon. One hundred species a day could be lost by deforestation of some tropical forests. Forests are home to 80% of amphibians, 75% of birds and 68% of mammals. They influence regional weather patterns and prevent erosion and flooding.

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Catching Rays | Wallhanging by Joyce Trygg | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Best Landscape Award Winner
Best Landscape Award

Nansi Bielanski Gallup US

"Coral Garden" (Oil)

Collaborative Painting by Nansi Bielanski Gallup and David C. Gallup In the shelter of a placid lagoon, surrounded by the coral atoll of Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Island Chain sits one patch of coral, surrounded by kilometers of sandy bottom in every direction. This spot is an oasis in the relative calm of the lagoon. As you approach, you swim though dozens of Black-Tip Reef Sharks who calmly circle this one spot of reef, looking for an easy meal of a sick or injured fish. Passing through the ring of sharks in the crystal blue water, Coral Gardens emerges from the endless blue. Closer still, and the clicking sounds of a healthy coral reef get louder, and colors become more vibrant. It is at this moment that you become profoundly aware of the importance of coral reefs to ocean ecosystems. The density of life increases by a thousand-fold, with fish, corals, mollusks, echinoderms, anemones, sponges, turtles, and a thousand more things we couldn’t name. This is why the two of us are dedicating our careers to raising awareness of the importance of coral reef conservation, starting with a global museum tour of our coral reef paintings starting in 2024. If we act together, it’s not too late to make sure that these complex, stunningly beautiful ecosystems thrive for generations to come.

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Coral Garden | Wallhanging by Nansi Bielanski | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Western Art Collector Magazine Award Winner

Guy Combes US

"Arpeggio" (Mixed media)

My interest in pattern and design actually evolved before I began to consistently paint true form realism, and the composition and texture of my representational paintings was always influenced and informed by this previous experience. About 7 years ago I began to pair my animal subjects with organic abstract patterns, and although I found it an unexpected challenge, I was excited by the spontaneity of it. I felt like I had found a visual language that best describes the energy, or ‘fizz’ in the air when I encounter my subjects.

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Arpeggio | Wallhanging by Guy Combes | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Western Art Collector Magazine Award Winner

Cindy Sorley-Keichinger CA

"Ruffed Grouse" (Acrylic)

Ruffed Grouse used to be a common sight on the Prairies; not so anymore. Imagine my surprise to see one eating the mountain ash berries left on the tree in the middle of winter! He was really having a good feed!

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Ruffed Grouse | Wallhanging by Cindy Sorley-Keichinger | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Daniel Davis US

"The Entangled Branch" (Watercolor)

The Entangled Branch is a large piece inspired by my visit to La Esperanza Reserve in Jardin, Colombia. I was curious to see if the central jay could stand out even in the chaos.

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The Entangled Branch | Wallhanging by Daniel Davis | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Garry Fleming AU

"Cheeky Boy" (Oil)

Barnaby's Cockatoo is one of Australia's largest and unfortunately, rarest cockatoos. It is listed as endangered, only occupying a small area of forest habitat on Australia's west cost of WA. I love bringing the attention of rare and endangered species to people's attention through my work. I think as artists we can play an important role in conservation awareness.

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Cheeky Boy | Wallhanging by Garry Fleming | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Sophie Green GB

"The Watcher" (Acrylic)

'The Watcher' is part of Sophie's 'Impermanence' Collection, which helped to raise funds for worldwide conservation projects within the Impermanence Project Fund. The realistic acrylic painting depicts an African Wild Dog watching on, in judgement.

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The Watcher | Wallhanging by Sophie Green | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Bruce Lawes CA

"Double Take" (Oil)

'Double Take' was created to literally reflect the dramatic beauty of this majestic Bald Eagle. The near-miss while coming in for a dive on it's unaware prey results in a beautiful cascade of running and splashing water. This painting, as with many of my birds of prey paintings, has been done with the assistance of my friend, birds of prey expert and master photographer, Howard Brodsky. It is with his invaluable help that I am able to create these striking compositions.

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Double Take | Wallhanging by Bruce Lawes | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Simon Levasseur FR

"Malaclemys Terrapin" (Oil)

Malaclemys terrapin is the scientific name of the diamondback terrapin that lives along the East coast of North America down to Bermuda. This painting is from my series Memento Mori Animalis, where I revisit the artistic theme of ‘memento mori’ adding some of the smallest and most colourful animals on the planet.

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Malaclemys Terrapin | Wallhanging by Sailev | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Natalie Parker AU

"Little Paws" (Acrylic)

Swamp wallabies are a marsupial and part of the macropod family that includes our iconic Kangaroo. There are about 30 different species of wallabies found across Australia and vary in size and colour. Living in a rural community I am lucky to come across wallabies quite often. Swamp wallabies would be one of my favourites. They are a shy animal and prefer to sit amongst the shelter of shrubbery, under the dappled light of gum trees where they can blend into their surroundings. I love working in earthy tones; this was a joy to paint!

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Little Paws | Wallhanging by Natalie Parker | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Matt Patterson US

"Nesting Painted Turtle" (Acrylic)

A night scene of an Eastern painted turtle nesting.

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Nesting Painted Turtle | Wallhanging by Matt Patterson | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Ashley Roll CA

"Bridge for a Dragon" (Colored pencil)

Dragonfly landing on a bridge made of a single budding Crocosmia stem. The Grace of Insects. Macro beauties, Ecosystem necessities. Witnesses to our world of natural treasures, Are themselves a natural treasure.

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Bridge for a Dragon | Wallhanging by Ashley Roll | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Geraldine Simmons AU

"The Cost of Convenience" (Mixed media)

When I had the exciting opportunity in 2005 to witness orangutans at a rehabilitation centre in Borneo, I was deeply touched by how endearing and gentle they are. I could see how aware and intelligent they were. Sadly, we are losing our connection to the natural world through our modern, convenient way of living, responsible for rampant rainforest habitat loss, all for making ready-made snacks and other products from palm oil. Those products come at a significant cost: the loss of the forest homes and lives of orangutans - one of the most beautiful and sentient creatures in the world.

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The Cost of Convenience | Wallhanging by Geraldine Simmons | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Frank Walsh US

"New Kid In Town" (Oil)

From January to April, you will find humpback whales breeding and calving in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii. Most frolic off the coast of Maui. A common site is to find bottlenose dolphins interacting with humpback whales. This painting depicts one of those interactions. The third whale in the painting is referred to as the escort. He is enjoying being the loan suitor to the female but that is sure to change as other males become aware and challenge his position. These challenges usually turn into spectacular brawls that are very rarely fatal.

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New Kid In Town | Wallhanging by Frank Walsh | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Nelda Warkentin US

"Snapper, Educator and Father" (Oil)

This seal’s inquiring look, originally captured in a photo by Ron Niebrugge, held my interest as I painted his portrait. Only after finishing the painting, onboard Alaska Airlines departing Boston, did I learn the seal’s name and story. A serendipitous seat assignment introduced me to a veterinarian also on the flight, who knew Snapper. Snapper was born at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. At the age of four, Snapper was transferred to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. For nearly 30 years, he participated in Harbor Seal research. He also sired four offspring. Snapper was loved by many.

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Snapper, Educator and Father | Wallhanging by Nelda Warkentin | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Honorable Mention Award Winner
Honorable Mention Award Winner

Kimberly Wurster US

"Varied Thrush, Moss and Maple" (Pastels)

The Varied Thrush is a common winter resident where I live near the Oregon Coast. In 2022 however, they did not appear for their annual visit. Sadly, they are listed as a "common bird in steep decline" so painting this piece helped to fill that void. I love to hear their reedy call wafting through the mature forest surrounding my home and enjoy seeing them in berry bushes or on the ground seeking food beneath old leaves. Occasionally, they move to higher perches to sing or move between foraging sites. Now, in the spring of 2023, I am very happy to report that we have had many of these beautiful birds in our surrounding forest and yard over the winter. Even though this species is still at risk, it was most encouraging to enjoy their presence once again.

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Varied Thrush, Moss and Maple | Wallhanging by Kimberly Wurster | Artists for Conservation 2023
AFC Best Landscape Award Winner
Best Landscape Award

David Gallup US

"Coral Garden" (Oil)

Collaborative Painting by Nansi Bielanski Gallup and David C. Gallup In the shelter of a placid lagoon, surrounded by the coral atoll of Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Island Chain sits one patch of coral, surrounded by kilometers of sandy bottom in every direction. This spot is an oasis in the relative calm of the lagoon. As you approach, you swim though dozens of Black-Tip Reef Sharks who calmly circle this one spot of reef, looking for an easy meal of a sick or injured fish. Passing through the ring of sharks in the crystal blue water, Coral Gardens emerges from the endless blue. Closer still, and the clicking sounds of a healthy coral reef get louder, and colors become more vibrant. It is at this moment that you become profoundly aware of the importance of coral reefs to ocean ecosystems. The density of life increases by a thousand-fold, with fish, corals, mollusks, echinoderms, anemones, sponges, turtles, and a thousand more things we couldn’t name. This is why the two of us are dedicating our careers to raising awareness of the importance of coral reef conservation, starting with a global museum tour of our coral reef paintings starting in 2024. If we act together, it’s not too late to make sure that these complex, stunningly beautiful ecosystems thrive for generations to come.

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Coral Garden | Wallhanging by David Gallup | Artists for Conservation 2023

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