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It all started with a frog on a doorknob!

Actually, it started a few days before that, at a workshop where I was introduced to Zen master Matsuo Basho's famous haiku about an old pond and a frog. For Basho, when the mind was stilled of all chatter, anything - even the jumping of a frog - could provide a portal for realization and enlightenment!

One evening on my way to my outside kitchen to prepare dinner, with haikus and frogs on the brain, I spotted him - a plump, golden tree frog perched on the kitchen door. He continued to sit there, while I photographed him, looking calm and wise and unperturbed.

My muse, this tree frog, unwittingly spawned not only "Basho's Frog" and indeed a whole new series for me, but also a collaborative project using art to bring together conservationists, corporations and art lovers in order to raise awareness about, and funds for, the world's amphibian extinction crisis.

I have had a lot of fun painting my frog series. I chose to depict them in human settings not only because it allowed my imagination free reign, but also to symbolise the direct connection between them; man as both the source of the problem and, ultimately, the solution.

I am an Australian and have lived in Asia for over two decades (Nepal, Laos and Thailand) and travelled widely. Several years ago I returned to live and work in Brisbane, Australia. Being married to a conservation scientist, I have had many other opportunities to experience a diversity of landscapes, habitats, species and cultural groups. This has allowed me to indulge my other great interest - photography. My photos often provide the inspiration and starting points for many of my paintings. I am primarily an oil on canvas artist and enjoy painting a range of subject matter.

I have participated in many group and solo shows, both nationally and internationally, and will be having a solo show in September 2018.


 
Support for Conservation:
In 2008, I attended the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona Spain and participated in many working groups.

In 2009, I was involved in the production of a 20 minute documentary film on the amphibian extinction crisis and the required response. I narrated the film and provided original images.

I helped document the results of a post-tsunami ecosystem restoration project on the Andaman Coast in Southern Thailand.

I visited the Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia and took photos of mangrove biodiversity and management activities which have been used in the production of a policy brief for senior decision-makers in Cambodia regarding protected area zoning policy and practice. In August 2011 it became the first ever approved Protected Area zoning in Cambodia under a new 2008 revised Protected Areas Law, signed by Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen.

I created two frog paintings for Amphibian Ark's new poster "Leaping Ahead of Extinction" in 2012.

I photographed flamingos for the Laguna Guanaroca National Park in Cuba for use in their promotional material in March 2012.


 
Special Achievements:
  • 2011 - Selected and shortlisted for the David Shepherd Foundation's Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, 24-29 May.
    Two pieces selected for inclusion in the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011.
     
  • 2011 - Amphibian Ark poster
    Produced several paintings of two of Australia's endangered frog species - the Yellow Spotted Tree Frog and the Spotted Tree Frog - for inclusion in a new poster campaign for 2012.
     
  • 2010 - Selected and shortlisted for the David Shepherd Foundation's Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, 24-29 May.
    http://www.davidshepherd.org
    50% of sale went to conservation
     
  • 2010 - Amphibian Ark
    http://www.amphibianark.org
    Invited to have my amphibian art featured on their website. 10 - 15% of sales go to amphibian conservation.
     
  • AFC Conservation Artist Award, July, 2011
    I was awarded the AFC Conservation Artist Award in July 2011.
     
Publications:
  •  (2010)
    More about
     - In the April/May issue of International Artist Magazine there was an 8 page feature of my work, which included an illustrated step-by-step process of the creation of my piece "It's Showtime".
     
Organization Membership:

  • David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (www.davidshepherd.org)
    International Guild of Realism (www.realismguild.com)
    Australian Guild of Realist Artists (www.agra.org.au)
    Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc. (www.qwasi-wildlife.com)

     

 

 
 
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