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AFC Flag Expedition #3:
The George River Boreal Forest Expedition
Expedition Artist: Robert Mullen
Purpose: To bring about a greater understanding of the Boreal Forest - the largest intact forest on Earth - that is underappreciated and threatened by unsustainable development.
Location: George River, Nunavik, Canada
Scheduled For: Aug-Sept, 2006
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While earning his biology degree from the University of Vermont, Rob's lab drawings landed extensive biological illustration work for his professors, and the suggestion that he go professional. After sixteen years in Manhattan as a freelance commercial artist (which included the 1990 Super Bowl logo for CBS), Rob returned to Vermont to focus full time on wildlife art in 1994. In 1995 Rob won the Vermont State Duck Stamp Competition and placed 9th in the Federal contest. Since then Rob has won over 25 awards at more than 60 shows from coast to coast.

In New York City, Rob's childhood love of canoes developed into a particular passion for wilderness trips. After returning to Vermont, he combined these annual expeditions with art by packing his field painting gear. In August 2001 Rob embarked on a 300-mile canoe trip to the Arctic Ocean on the Missinaibi River in northern Ontario. The journey was a milestone in his life. The last 170 miles were completed alone, the solitude magnifying an already intense experience, with the adventure and art melding together seamlessly. That initial journey has led over the last few years to the incorporation of the Wilderness River Expedition Art Foundation, annual canoe/painting expeditions in the wilderness of North America and an upcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in 2008.

Rob's paddling expeditions and other forays into the wilderness of North America and Africa are critical for the reference, inspiration and stories behind new work.


 
Support for Conservation:
Partnered with the Canadian Boreal Initiative and the Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution developing a touring exhibit of wilderness river art promoting conservation of the boreal forest ecosystem. Dr. David J. Wagner will be the lead Curator for the main exhibition. The exhibit will be drawn from art from all of my expeditions, but will focus on the 2006 expedition to the George River to Ungava Bay which will include Robert Bateman.

Before moving to California in 2005 I was on the Bolton Conservation Commission in my home town of Bolton, Vermont. We secured the acquisition of a 440 acre keystone tract of land that completed a protected wildlife corridor from the spine of the Green Mountains to the Winooski River.
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