The Vision of AFC:
Through sharing of national & international Art & Design, collaborative art-science expeditions, annual festival, recognition and awards, publications, and online initiatives, we aspire to engage, inspire and inform the community, and empower passionate aspiring, upcoming and professional conservation artists as effective ambassadors for the environment. AFC aims to dedicate our resources to nurturing our world-class community of artists, and leveraging this unique pool of talent to support our mission through a variety of programs and initiatives, including:
WildRoots invites Nature-inspired Arts from the members, friends and patrons. To showcase your art and designs on our website, drop us an email with low resolution samples of your work at email@example.com. Selected artwork will be showcased under our Online Exhibition Section under Art for Conservation (AFC).
‘Nimble Fingers at Work’ – The Students of Karara HS School, Baihata Chariali, Assam have impressed us with their Poster Designs for Tiger Conservation. We showcase some of their amazing artwork here, as an introduction to the section – ART for Conservation.
Read about the AIRCEL sponsored Sanctuaryasia Kids for Tigers Programme here. Read More
During my recent visit to the US, I was introduced to the Art of Duane Raver, at the National Conservation Training Center, West Virginia, by the officials of the US Fish & WildLife Service and it was indeed a privilege to know about the terrific ‘Fish Painter’.
Duane Raver was born and raised in central Iowa where he soon learned to fish and hunt and enjoy the world of nature. It was evident at an early age Duane had the gift of artistic talent and soon began to draw and paint fish, waterfowl, and upland game. When it came time to make a decision about college, Duane made the choice of fish and wildlife biology with an emphasis on fishery management. Artwork was always a strong hobby during college, again with fish he caught as subjects. Duane graduated from Iowa State University in 1949 and worked as an assistant fishery biologist with the then Iowa Conservation Commission. In January of 1950, he received a call from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and was offered a position as a fishery biologist, surveying dozens of North Carolina lakes and reservoirs.
When the Federal Aid to Fisheries program (DJ) was launched, Duane became the Fish Division’s first Federal Aid Coordinator. In 1960, after doing much of the artwork and some of the writing for the Commission’s magazine, “Wildlife in North Carolina,” while in the Fish Division, Duane transferred to the Education Division. He continued to do many of the magazine’s covers and other illustrations as well as other features. He progressed from Managing Editor to the magazine’s Editor and layout and design duties. During nights and weekends, Duane did many illustrations for several Southeastern states publications, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and educational and commercial books and magazines. His specialty of fish illustrations soon gained national attention.
Duane retired from the N.C. Wildlife Commission in 1979 to devote full time as a freelance wildlife illustrator. In 1984, he teamed with fisheries scientist Dr. Charles S. Manooch to produce the book Fisherman’s Guide – Fishes of the Southeastern United States, which was reprinted four times, most recently in 2007. The one hundred and fifty full color fish paintings in the book have formed the basis for many fish identification posters and publications nationwide. During his career, Duane was named Wildlife Artist of the Year four times by the N.C. Wildlife Federation and, in 2003, was inducted into the Federation’s Hall of Fame. He has won numerous art awards and recognition by various sporting and conservation organizations for artwork contributions. In 2009, Duane was awarded The Order of the Longleaf Pine by the State of North Carolina.
Now 86, he still does wildlife artwork on a daily basis in his studio in his daughter’s taxidermy shop near Clayton, N.C.
by Biswajit De, Founder President, WildRoots, India.
Information obtained from the publications of the National Conservation Training Center, West Virginia, USA.