Mart

is creating art for wildlife

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I can't thank you enough for contributing to my creative licence.
This page is a peek behind the curtain - a deeper dive into how I go about communicating conservation through art.
Although this is not a teaching page. for those interested in the technical aspects of creating, you will occasionally benefit from the following:

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  • Access to all my 'real-time' drawing videos available only to patrons.
  • Occasional pastel pencil demonstrations.
  • Regular work in progress (WIP) pictures. See 3 x more here than on social media.
  • Patron Privilege! Your general comments and questions will be prioritised for response over those on social media.

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About Mart

It is shocking that in some parts of the world lions are bred for slaughter. It is a travesty that we have driven the northern white rhino and countless other species to the absolute brink of extinction.

In all the beautiful images of nature that we consume on our phones and on the walls of our homes there is a sinister lie. All is not well in the garden of Eden. I cannot help but consider that if animals could speak our language they would feel somewhat misrepresented by our art. Presented with a portfolio of all artworks ever created by wildlife artists, they may well feel quite flattered, but it would perhaps not be long before their thoughts turned to how many of their lives had been taken by humans, and how many stars of those artworks they were sadly mourning.

I think that if an artist only ever portrays animals in a good light it is a bit like only posting about the good times on social media. The narrative for wildlife, if we do nothing, is a bleak one, and I feel that art should be reflecting that.

Wildlife artivism combines reality with fantasy and uses storytelling to unearth the truth. It plays a communications role more so than a fundraising one. When Sir David Attenborough joined Instagram in 2020 he said that saving the planet is now a communications challenge. Wildlife artivism can be a voice for the voiceless. Promoting it is just another way of supporting wildlife conservation.

I worked out that in my 15 years as a professional wildlife artist I have helped raise over £40,000 for animal charities from art that I have created. Would you support me with a few pounds to work on some PR for those who can't speak for themselves?

Thank you. 

Mart

The only way all this becomes sustainable is if people younger than me also practice wildlife artivism. I am working with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to make sure they have every opportunity. In 2020 I conceived and established the 'Ingrid Beazley Award' - a £5,000 grant designed to support wildlife, young creatives, and activists suffering with eco-anxiety. I hope for this to eventually be funded purely from patron contributions (see goals). 
Goals
$235.39 of $3,000 per month
When I reach $3000 per month, we will have funded the 'Ingrid Beazley Award' !!

This £5,000 granted is awarded to the winner of the 'Human Impact' category (open to artists 16 - 22 years) at DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year and is structured as follows:
  • £500 cash prize to the winning artist.
  • £2,000 donation to a DSWF charity partner of the winner’s choice.
  • £1,000 to be used for art supplies at an under-resourced school or community art group nominated by the winner.
  • £1,500 donation to ‘The Resilience Project’, NGO aimed at reducing eco-anxiety amongst young environmental activists.

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