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Laura GroganLaura Grogan   BSc(Vet)(Hons I) BVSc(Hons I) PhD AFC Laura Grogan
Watercolour, pastel, ink and acrylic Australian wildlife paintings
Laura is passionate about ecology, wildlife epidemiology and environmental conservation. She began publishing in newspapers as a freelance wildlife artist at the age of thirteen. Since that time her passion for conservation has led her not only to expand her artistic abilities, but has also shaped her professional career, leading to her current position as a conservation scientist/researcher and veterinarian. She is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Griffith University, Australia, studying wildlife disease (see website: www.mccallum-disease-ecology.com).

Painting wildlife has always provided an opportunity for Laura to share her interest in conservation with others. In particular, she is interested in raising awareness about the plight of many of the less 'enigmatic' but still critically endangered cryptic wildlife species. Artistically she focuses predominantly on portraying less well known wildlife species, including many endemic Australian animals. Paintings are composed mostly from her own photographic source material, and she uses highly detailed illustrative ink and watercolour techniques. For her watercolours she uses FW black acrylic ink and Windsor & Newton Artists watercolours on Arches smooth hot-pressed 300g 100% cotton rag paper. She likes to use a tiny 20/0 sable brush for her ink work, and 3/0, 1 and 6 sable brushes for watercolours. Her favourite colours from the WN range are prussian blue and sepia. She predominantly uses Schmincke soft pastels and Faber Castell PITT pastel pencils for her pastel work, and Atelier Interactive acrylic paints for her acrylic studies.

*Pricing policy: Pricing is based on a sliding scale with the size of the work (per square inch), however the pricing scale differs between acrylics & pastel, and watercolour & ink works (due to the level of detail inherent in the respective media, and hence the time required per piece). Framing is done at cost price, and is similarly priced on a sliding scale according to the price of materials and labour. Framing can be requested for unframed pieces.

Please visit Laura's website and view her blog for further details on available paintings, and work in progress details: http://www.lauragrogan.com/

Cards and prints can be purchased directly via credit card and sent worldwide through Laura's Red Bubble profile page: http://www.redbubble.com/people/lauragrogan/shop

Support for Conservation:
The world is currently experiencing the worst biodiversity crisis in 65 million years. Amphibians are leading this anthropogenic catastrophe, with more species endangered or extinct than in any other vertebrate class. There are currently fewer than 20 adult male Southern Corroborree frogs left in the wild, and they are likely to disappear in the coming months. Next to habitat loss, the fungal skin disease, chytridiomycosis is the primary cause of declines. Unfortunately, while we can breed some species in captivity (roughly 3000 Southern Corroboree frogs have been raised or bred in captivity), until we can combat the disease which is threatening them in the wild, reintroduction attempts are largely unsuccessful.

Laura recently completed her PhD investigating ways to help improve reintroduction success for frogs affected by this disease; species that teeter on the brink of extinction (through techniques such as vaccination and assisted evolution for disease resistance). Unfortunately, in comparison with some of the more 'enigmatic' species, the plight of amphibians is often overlooked, and without more funding and recognition of the problems facing our wildlife, many more species will be lost.

Laura hopes to raise awareness about the conservation of biodiversity through her art and research. Some other examples of her commitment to conservation include membership in professional societies (International Wildlife Disease Association, The Wildlife Society, Australian Wildlife Health Network, The Ecological Society of Australia, Wilderness Preservation Society of Australia, Australian Veterinary Association, Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service of New South Wales - WIRES).

Additionally, she has participated in several veterinary wildlife externships (including at Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa, and Western Plains Zoo Australia), has been a volunteer wildlife carer with WIRES and has treated wildlife in the course of her clinical veterinary activities. She has previously studied the welfare and ecology of urban wildlife in Sydney Australia (Brushtail possums in the Royal Botanic Gardens), and has also donated artwork to be used in zoo educational pamphlets, as an award for recognition of conservation activities, and for use as the satchel gift at an international research conference.

  • Compendium of Watercolour Techniques: 200 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets (2011)
    Contributed art - 'Suspicion and Disguise' watercolour painting of two tawny frogmouth birds was featured on page 133.
    Author: Robin Berry
    Published by: Search Press Ltd
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