‘Art for Conservation’ (AFC) is a section of WildRoots where we recognize and celebrate expression and communication through Art & Design. Our mission is to support wildlife habitat conservation, dissipate environmental education and awareness through art that celebrated nature. AFC represents our members, friends and patrons who are the artists in the nature/wildlife/conservation art genre, who are committed to conservation. We recognize the works of many of the world’s most recognized names in the field that inspire us each day. AFC is a space where imaginations and expressions run ‘WILD’.

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:
  • Engaging and educating individuals and organizations through artistic expression to convey the importance and urgency of sustaining our natural heritage and environment.
  • Supporting art-science field research expeditions to study endangered species and threatened habitats.
  • Producing art exhibitions, special events, education workshops and publications in support of conservation.
  • Facilitating member and patron art sales to raise funds for conservation.
  • Maintaining our own gallery of nature inspired art.
  • Recognizing artists and other individuals and organizations for their commitments and actions in support of conservation.
  • Partner with conservation and value-aligned organizations for special projects.

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 wildroots.guwahati@gmail.com. Selected artwork will be showcased under our Online Exhibition Section under Art for Conservation (AFC).

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‘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

“If it doesn’t have life, that’s it. It’s not usable.” – Duane Raver

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.

Ace veteran Artist Krishna De from Kolkata, India is 67 years old and an alumnus of the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), West Bengal, India. She worked as an Art Restorer with the Indian Museum of Kolkata for 25 years specializing in water Colour and Indian Painting Techniques. She had worked with Private Art Curators and Patrons also and have contributed her skills in the restoration of European Paintings preserved as a part of private collections. Her interest in Nature was reflected in her work, as she started working independently as an Art Teacher at the same college and then in some schools of Kolkata. After her retirement, she spends her time mainly painting Birds, Animals and Landscapes. She has been recognized by various nature and conservation organizations like WildRoots in India as a 'Nature Artist who inspires young people to identify themselves with Nature and the Wilderness."

Krishna De with some of her amazing Water Colour rendering of Indian Owls

Krishna De with some of her amazing Water Colour rendering of Indian Owls
Mrs. De suffers from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis but continues her nature art with creativity, zeal and enthusiasm. She is currently illustrating text books for students for subjects like Geography, Biology and Environmental Science and has already illustrated more than fifteen major books written by eminent Academicians, Professors and Naturalists of India.

Commissioned work for Children Nature Encyclopaedias: Evolution of a Bird within an Egg

Commissioned work for Children Nature Encyclopaedias: Chest Muscles of a Bird

Recently, Mrs. De's work has been recognized by the US Federal Archives at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA. 5 of her original Water Colour Paintings have been put up at NCTC, dedicating an entire wall which would soon be filled up by her Artworks, shared with the Archives from time to time. The paintings were handed over to Mr. Mark Madison, Head Historian & Curator of the US Federal Archives at NCTC by Mr.Biswajit De, Founder President of WildRoots and proud son of Mrs. De.

Bird Paintings by Mrs. De at the National Conservation Training Center, West Virginia, USA

Some of her Landscape Water Colour Sketches done at Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India
Mrs. Krishna De is an inspiration for us and is one of the Driving Force behind our section - 'ART for Conservation'.

Book Release: Geography of Assam - by Prof. Abani Kumar Bhagabati of Dept. of Geography, Guwahati University, Assam & illustrated by Mrs. Krishna De. Published by Rasmi Prakash, Guwahati, Assam Release Date: January 1st, 2017 at the Guwahati Book Fair

Geography of Assam - the book illustrated by Mrs. Krishna De has been highly appreciated by the veteran educationists, naturalists and conservationists from Assam. Kindly grab hold of a copy of this book to find more than 50 pages of Water Colour Illustrations.

'Scientists are also unnerved by the summer's implications for the future...proof that human activities are propelling a slide toward climate calamity...humans may have tipped the balance...a particularly harsh jolt to polar bears'.