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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.

The Simon Combes Conservation Award was created by the AFC in February 2005 to honour Combes' memory. Combes, world-renowned painter, author, instructor and dedicated conservationist, was tragically killed by a charging Cape Buffalo while hiking near his home in Kenya on December 12, 2004.  At the time, Combes was the Director of the Kenya chapter of the Rhino Rescue Trust (www.rhinorescue.org), an organization founded in 1985 to protect endangered species from poachers and to help the communities surrounding Lake Nakuru National Park affected by wildlife conflicts.   As this is the first year for the award, the first recipient has yet to be selected.

Cher  Anderson
In 2002, John and Cher Anderson Founded and help build the largest MLM Health Company in the world, now in 16 countries. Their retirement has now allowed the opportunity and time to return to her passion, dedicate herself to perfecting and promoting her work while giving back to many wildlife conservation organizations. Now, Cher and her husband John rescue giraffes, raise zebras and Andalusian horses on their 20 acre ranch in Chandler, Arizona. They are surrounded by their four legged friends.
 
Cher is a patron of AFC and indicates: “My need to be a part of an organization that provides support in
conserving earth’s beautiful and amazing creatures for my grandchildren and their children to meet in their lifetime is a driving force. When my grandson talks of dinosaurs and I hear the awe in his voice, I realized I could help make sure that his children do not talk about elephants and giraffes the same way without ever seeing one alive. This excellent organization and the people who are becoming family to me, is the best vehicle to achieve our common goal."

Cher Anderson was born in 1962, in Kingston, New York, raised in Mexico City and greatly influenced by the culture and the country’s vast number of pioneering artists such as Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Guillermo Zuñiga and so many more, both present and past. In During her teenage years, she was relocated to Texas where she began showing an interest in fine arts, mostly painting. Through self-instruction, she achieved having several one-woman shows including an invitation to the City of Chihuahua, Mexico by the governor, where she had a one woman exhibit in 1989.

Her art focused on the beauty of women and strength of animals trying to see through their eyes and making them the focus of her work. At the end of 1989, she moved to Phoenix with her very young son and proceeded to get her degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. She spent the following years being a single mother and starting her own company so she could work from home. Growing rapidly, she was hired by a nutritional company to be their in-house label and advertising designer. This is also where she met her future husband. During these years she worked long hours, slept little and travelled a lot. While doing so she began her love affair with the camera. That became more so with the advent of digital photography and the opportunities to encounter wildlife in their natural environments. Painting took on a whole new form while using the camera and travel to far and hidden places to get “The Shot” to use as reference for next work of art.

Learning new mediums such as acrylics and perfecting her technique in watercolors to achieve realism and interpret the encounter with the beautiful creature have now launch me forward in the art world.
“In my lifetime, I have painted and sold over 250 original paintings, was blessed to raise an amazing son, seen half the planet, found the love of my life and met incredible people that became my family all over the world through helping them with their health and wellbeing”

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New Members of the WNAG
wildlife art Barry MacKay

“If I had my choice, I’d like to paint,” remarks Barry. At the same time, he feels he has to direct his time towards his extensive advocacy work on behalf of animals and the environment. 
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wildlife art Dale Weiler
Stone Sculptures
Dale Weiler feels he was born to be a stone sculptor.  "Sculpting stone nurtures my soul and allows to me to create something in which I can truly take pride. Plain and simple, it’s what I was put on this earth to do."   He was also destined to devote much of his time, energy and artistic skills to the conservation of the natural world. 
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Dale Weiler...
 
wildlife art Bruce Lawes
Specializing in Wildlife, Equine and landscape paintings
The bottom line for AFC Signature artist Bruce Lawes:  “Without the individual and corporate efforts today, we may not be able to preserve and enjoy all we cherish with our children tomorrow
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Bruce Lawes...
 
wildlife art Chirag Thumbar
India Wildlife paintings
VChirag Thumbar works with organizations and NGOs for awareness and conservation causes for wildlife in India. He encourages the young generation of surrounding villages of the protected areas to appreciate the nature and utilize their artistic skill to generate revenue. He donates a percentage out of the sale of paintings every year to support financially NGOs and  Conservation Foundations.


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Chirag Thumbar...
 
wildlife art Krish Krishnan
Author - Artist - Traveler
"Through pen and paint I seek to portray the emotional essence of such places. As a much-exhibited artist I focus on landscapes and wildlife, capturing their essence using a variety of techniques including scratchboards, watercolors, and acrylic mediums. 
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Krish Krishnan...
 

 

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