θαλάσσια χελώνα (Sea Turtle)
This painting was created to raise awareness about the actions taken in Greece to save the sea turtles by companies like Archelon and WWF Greece. For example, they protect the island of Zakynthos which invlcudes 500-1000 nests a year and protects over 2,500 nests each year.
Many other countries around the world have been working to save the sea turtles. According to records from individual time series there are more population increases than descreases: ''we found 95 significant increases in abundance and 35 significant decreases'' (1) Hopefully, this trend will start to continue so we can see population increases around the globe!
(1) Science Advances 20 Sep 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 9, e1600730
''On February 17, 2015, the USFWS announced the removal of the Oregon chub, and its critical habitat, from the list of Endangered and Threatened Species, and the Oregon chub became the first fish ever to be delisted due to recovery.''
- US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wild Life Office
In the 1940s, there were only 40 Amur tigers left. Russia became the first country to put full protection on the tiger. Their population raised to 500 by the 1980s and has been stable since, even in spite of increased poaching. This is thanks to work done by the WWF, WSC, along with many others.
My newest painting features the Iberian Lynx, from Portugal. The pattern is inspired by the azulejo design that you can see covering many buildings around Portugal.
After six decades of decline the lynx population increased from 52 mature individuals in 2002 to 156 in 2012.(1) It was moved from Critically Endangered to Endangered by the IUCN Red List.
“This is fantastic news for the Iberian Lynx, and excellent proof that conservation action really works,” says Urs Breitenmoser, Co-Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Cat Specialist Group. “However, the job is far from finished and we must continue our conservation efforts to secure future range expansion and population growth of the species.”
The first mural I have painted for my new series "Not So Hopeless". It is inspired by the work CPAWS is doing to save the grizzly bears:
"Grizzly bears are an “umbrella species”- ensuring their survival requires that the health of the ecosystem as a whole is maintained, and by doing so this protects a much broader array of species."
The mural is located near 422 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
An interesting article shedding some positivity on even the worlds most trafficked animal. Even though the situation is currently bleak there is a lot of change happening and it is not so hopeless! As I am gathering and researching information for my new series about endangered animals I am inspired by this article from David Robson on BBC Future.
"Many people in the West have never even heard of the pangolin, yet this “scaly anteater” is the source of a billion-dollar criminal industry that threatens to push it to extinction. BBC Future met a team of Hong Kong’s ecologists and activists trying to save these creatures from extinction."
My most recent painting was exhibited at Lulu gallery this month organized by Art Fix. The exhibition was around the theme "Traveling Home". I chose to do a painting of a nomadic woman from Rajasthan. Gypsies occupy both the realm of travel and home: they are always traveling, yet always at home.
Check out my updated BUY page! My work is now being represented at the Laneway Artspace in Melbourne and is also shown often on ArtBomb!
I feel so honoured to have received second place for the mural I painting on Plaza St Hubert! If you want to go see it in person it is by rue St Hubert and rue Beaubien!
Thanks so much Art Bomb for selling another one of my paintings. This one went up for sale yesterday and a collector out east purchased it. This painting was inspired by a beautiful sunset I saw on Kingscotte Lake while camping in Algonquin Park.