Friday, July 20, 2007
An Artist for Africa
In a special issue of the current, Spring 2007, edition of the photographically beautiful magazine, Africa Geographic, I am most pleased and honored to have been selected as this quarter's 'Artist for Africa' by the African Wildlife Foundation (www.awf.org).
Several times during the year, AWF inserts a dozen or so pages of updates and news pertaining to their efforts in Africa on behalf of the peoples and animals of that wonderful continent. At those times, the organization designates an Artist for Africa, someone who has used African animals as subject matter for their works and who, in general, believes in and supports those issues which AWF tackles.
As stated in their mission statement on their web site, AWF 'is the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa'. Their belief that protection of Africa's wildlife and wild landscapes is the key to the future prosperity of the continent and its inhabitants, is the ever present goal of their work.
Today, AWF plays a major and important role in ensuring the continued existence of 'some of Africa's most rare and treasured species', including the mountain gorilla, elephant and rhinoceros, among others.
As someone who has travelled many times on that continent, gathering reference for work, meeting and finding great warmth in the people and always coming back home with an ache in my heart to take the next plane back, it is a very great honor for my works to be spotlighted in this wonderful publication and to be recognized alongside the many other fine, internationally known artists who have been honored in this way before me.
If you are of a mind to, please go to their web site, www.awf.org, read more about their work and the ongoing projects they are involved in and if you believe, as I do, that their work is important enough for your support, make a donation!