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Theresa EichlerTheresa Ruth Eichler   AFC, BES Theresa Eichler
Wildlife and Wilderness Art
 
Wildlife in Nature has been my greatest passion since I've been able to remember. Our family’s love of nature shows, in particular, Walt Disney’s early films, imprinted values that have lasted a lifetime…

Born in Zambia, I have only faint memories of my first safari, which I have refreshed with three safaris beginning in 2004: including one with Simon Combes and another with John Banovich; each of these with a team of other artists. These experiences exceeded my wildest dreams. I am never happier than when out amidst Nature's offerings and an African safari is the ultimate experience. In between these Kenya trips, I also went to see the Serengeti and Ngoro Ngoro Crater in Tanzania. Passing by the gravesite of Elsa, the lion, stirred deep emotions, remembering “Born Free” as the first film I was allowed to see at the theatre without my parents.

I have always loved expressing this passion for Nature through art. My artistic hope is that this passion can be communicated to others as a way to reaffirm the importance of this Earth to all people. My fervent hope is that it is not too late, for me to achieve this, or for Nature to flourish.

I love colour and like to push hues and play with complementary colours; striving for the creation of a painting, not a photograph. I am comfortable with water-colours, for on location sketching; and water-mixable oils, and acrylics for studio paintings. As I move forward, all mediums could be used in the field. “Pleine air” painting is the preferred choice for many nature artists.

I have been lucky enough to learn from Roger Witmar, Waterloo artist, in the 1980s and benefit from workshops with artists who are wildlife art icons, including: John Banovich, Simon Combes, Paco Young, John and Suzie Seerey-Lester and Terry Isaac. These people have become friends as well as teachers and it is so sad that Simon and Paco are lost to us already. I am honoured to have known them.

Painting wildlife requires research at wildlife reserves, zoos and in the field. Africa is a wildlife treasure, being the only place to see such a glorious variety of animals and birds in their rightful home. This wonder risks being lost forever if we don’t act soon enough. In North America, wildlife is more elusive and has had to adapt to hunting as well as exponential urban & suburban growth. A portion of the proceeds from my artwork will always go to conservation efforts. Being a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation is consistent with my core values.

 
Support for Conservation:
All original artwork will donate a percentage of the sale proceeds to specific conservation organizations related to the subject matter. Some will make a contribuiton of 100% of the sale price. Limited edition prints have also been donated to raise funds for conservation. The World Wildlife Fund is supported by monthly contributions, as well as proceeds from art. Other causes, include the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Soysambu Conservancy and other wildlife-oriented agencies.

From 2000 to 2006, as a Governor on the Board for the Real Estate Foundation of BC, contributions from real estate trust accounts helped provide university endowments for programs connected to conservation & sustainable land use. The Board also authorizes funds for works around the province that demonstrate conservation or sustainable and innovative land use practices.(www.realestatefoundation.com)

A career history as a planner has included work on climate action to reduce greenhouse gas; identification and preservation of environmentally sensitive areas; policy for wildlife habitat protection and restoration; floodplain lands; water quality of rural beaches; and in every case; sustainable growth of urban areas; so as to create the least possible impact on the natural environment.



 
Special Achievements:
  • 2010 - Kunamokst - Orca Whale Mural contribution
    http://www.muralmosaic.com
    contributed panel 82 of a tundra swan to the Orca Whale mural entitled Kunamokt which was unveiled at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver..
     
  • 2008 - AFC Conservation Artist Award - April 2008
    http://www.natureartists.com
    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. In 2008, the annual Award went to Robert Bateman and in 2009 John Banovich was the recipient.
     
  • 2006 - Accepted as a Signature Member to the Worldwide Nature Artists Group; now renamed Artists for Conservation
    http://www.natureartists.com
    I submitted a membership application to Artists for Conservation (then called the Worldwide Nature Artists Group) in March of 2006. This was something I'd wanted to do for some time, as the organization is so in line with my beliefs and goals. I was enormously apprehensive about this, as artists that I respect immensely were members of this Group. Just before Easter, I was ecstatic to learn they had accepted me as a Signature Member.
     
  • 1985 - Top Artist at New Hamburg Fall Fair
    I was quite surprised, long ago, to find I had placed first in all 3 artist categories I entered at our local Fall Fair in Ontario. It was the first time I'd entered an art contest, and although very modest in scale, it confirmed for me that people do like my paintings.
     
Organization Membership:
  • 2006 - Worldwide Nature Artists Group / Artists for Conservation
    http://www.natureartists.com
    Host Agency for this site.
     
  • 2002 - World Wildlife Fund Canada
    http://www.wwf.ca
    Worldlife Fund's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
     

 

 
 
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4583 Bonjou Rd.
Kelowna, BC
Canada V1W 1M7
Tel: 7784773004
  Worldwide Nature Artists Group
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