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AFC Flag Expedition #4:
The Flora & Fauna of Bhutan - An Artist's Journey through the Land of the Thunderdragon
Expedition Artist: Pollyanna Pickering
Purpose: To highlight the natural history of Bhutan, and to stress the importance of conserving the ecology of the region.
Location: Bhutan
Scheduled For: March 28 - April 29, 2007
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Pollyanna is recognised as one of Europe's foremost wildlife artists. She is the most published fine artist in the UK, and her original paintings hang in corporate and private collections throughout the world from Australia to Siberia.

Pollyanna studied at the London Central school of Art, graduating with distinction, and she has worked freelance since 1969. Her original paintings have been exhibited to critical acclaim in top galleries throughout the UK and Europe. She has her own gallery in the Peak District of Derbyshire where she lives and works. In 1983 her work was first accepted for display by the Royal Academy, the same year in which she won her first major trophy, the Silver Palette Award. For many years she was accredited to the Tryon and Swann gallery, and has exhibited at the Mall galleries with The Society of Wildlife Artists, and in Australia with Christies Fine Art.

She is member of The Wildlife Art Society International, and The Society of Animal Artists (New York) and a Signature Member of the AFC (Formerly the World Nature Artists Group) and the Society of Feline Artists

2007 will mark the 21st anniversary of Pollyanna's first expedition to study a threatened species in its natural habitat. In the intervening years she has become renowned for her remarkable series of journeys into the most remote and inhospitable areas of the world to observe and sketch endangered wildlife. To celebrate twenty-one years of expeditions she is planning one of her most ambitious and challenging projects to date.

Most of Pollyanna's journeys have focused on an in-depth study of an individual species. However this time she is planning to study and paint in one of the world's last true wilderness environments and document the remarkable range of flora and fauna which survive there.

Pollyanna's skills as an artist, and her journeys into remote, inhospitable and often dangerous areas of the world attract much media attention. She was voted Speaker of the Year in 2004, and has also become a familiar face in the national press, and on television and radio.

In 2001 the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation was established, to raise funds for world-wide conservation, animal welfare and disaster relief. Pollyanna continues in her support of other charities. Within her local community she is Honorary president of associations including the RSPCA, and Hearing dogs for the Deaf, and has been awarded the Freedom of Bolsover and District in recognition of her charitable work in the area. She is a member of the Court of the University of Derby, and a patron of National charities including Raptor Rescue, Naturewatch, and FABLE who raise funds for epilepsy sufferers and a trustee of the Irish African/Asian Conservation Trust. She has recently accepted the post of International Vice President of Bill Jordan's Wildlife Defence Fund.

For more information about Pollyanna, please visit her AFC Web page.

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