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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.

Ilse de Villiers
As a wildlife artist & avid animal lover Ilse is committed to the conservation of wild animals & their ever diminishing natural habitats. "It has always been my aspiration to contribute towards conservation causes through my art. Being a member of AFC is a testament of this. Every year I try to be involved with at least two worthy Conservation projects & to help them raise much needed funds & awareness through my art."

2017 brought two major causes to which Ilse committed her time & artwork. The first was the Timbavati Conservation fund for which she donated three Black & white paintings to raise funds. These three paintings were auctioned off at the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve AGM on Saturday evening the 8th of July & raised R30 000. This money will be channelled towards the many projects they run educating the scholars in the rural areas about nature, animals & conservation (see www.timbavati.org) The second project was to raise funds for the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) This centre has cheetahs as its prime focus, but also cares for rhino & elephant calves that have been left as orphans due to poaching (see www.hesc.org) one of their beautiful cheetahs, named Chrunchie,  that was born at this facility. This painting was auctioned of at a function in New York, USA to raise funds for the centre.

Ilse also did a painting of two Black rhinos that was auctioned off in Midland, West Texas on the 20th of January 2018. The proceeds of this painting where all donated towards the Rhino anti-poaching unit of the Bubye Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe. This unit has the huge task of protecting the rhinos within the conservancy throughout the year.
 
"Animals have always been my passion & living in South Africa, it would be natural to want to depict our wonderful animals in their natural environment. I am extremely fortunate & blessed to bring these animals alive on canvas with my paints & brushes."

Ilse de Villiers was born in Durban (South Africa) and grew up in the picturesque, tree lined city of Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She currently lives in the district of Tzaneen (Limpopo Province) surrounded by the most beautiful green hills and valleys.

Through the use of acrylic on canvas, she creates a new world by skillfully harmonizing wild animals with their natural habitat. The meticulous detail of her paintwork is unique to her style. She specializes particularly in painting the "Big Five" as well as other African wildlife with zebras being a personal favorite.


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New Members of the WNAG
wildlife art Colin Starkevich
Oil and Acrylic painting
 Colin hopes to use his artwork in The Grassland Series to raise the awareness about this region and to support conservation efforts within the Grasslands. Through his work Colin also hopes to inspire others to utilize their unique abilities to make a positive difference in the world around them.
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wildlife art Cher  Anderson
Wildlife Painting and Photography
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.
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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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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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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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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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