As a wildlife artist I paint some of natures most threatened and vulnerable creatures because it is important we are aware of the critical issues they face to survive. In a world where their habitat undergoes profound change we must care about what happens to them and do more to protect them.
I paint to show in my own way the extraordinary beauty and wonder of animals and bring about awareness and appreciation of their existence. To communicate that animals are not just commodities to be exploited, to be used or treated with disregard. One day they may be lost to the world forever and what a tragedy that would be.
Early in my painting life American wildlife artist the great Bob Kuhn particularly inspired me with his combination of distinct painting style and evocative story telling. My goal is to do that too.
In May 2014 four male lions were confiscated by the Belgian Government from "Zavatta" a travelling French Circus who were performing in the City of Luik; a french speaking area of Belgium.
The lions were confiscated because, since March 2014, Belgian Law forbids the use of wild animals in circuses. Despite Government Inspectors of Animal Welfare warning the circus of this fact on 3 occasions, the circus simply laughed at the officials and refused to stop performing......
I was thrilled to donate one of my paintings to help raise funds to create a permanent home for 4 lions rescued from a zoo in Belgium. We artists have the power to drive a strong message about what is happening to wildlife and the habitats that need protecting to ensure their survival.
On behalf of Shirley, Brian and all the staff and volunteers at the Five Sisters Zoo, I’m writing to thank you so much for donating a piece of your artwork to Lisa for the on-line auction last November.
The amount raised was a massive £1500 which has greatly helped boost the lion appeal fund. The total currently sits at just over £24,000 and there are donations arriving in each day from various sponsor events and donation tins.
Whilst we still have a long way to go to reach our total, we are determined to reach this and bring these beautiful lions to live permanently at the Zoo. We hope to be able to make a start to their enclosure in the near future and will keep everyone up to date with developments via facebook/twitter and the website.
Once again we are so grateful to you for your support and wish you a very happy New Year!
Five Sisters Zoo