AFC Artist Posts

Saturday, 21 November, 2020
Pet portrait done in exchange for donation to wildlife charity
Saturday, 21 November, 2020
Pet portrait done in exchange for donation to wildlife charity
Saturday, 7 November, 2020
I have lived and worked at the Larmer Tree Gardens for 31 extremely happy years and feel privileged to have known, and been able to spend time with the late Michael Pitt Rivers: owner of the Larmer Tree Gardens and Rushmore Estate. During the 90's, both Michael and his partner, Mr. William Gronow Davis, very kindly commissioned me to produce a number of artworks.In 2005, I opened my Studio doors to folk visiting the gardens and it was lovely meeting so many different people from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world.Sadly though, Covid has taken its toll and this summer I...
Saturday, 24 October, 2020
From October 19 to 20, I participated in the national synchronized survey of Spoon-billed Sandpiper. In Tiaozini, Dongtai City, Jiangsu Province, I witnessed 26 Spoon-billed Sandpiper myself in two days, two of which had flags. The team has witnessed hundreds of Spoon-billed Sanderpiper, and the specific number is still under statistics. 
Thursday, 15 October, 2020
I just read about this project. Very Interesting.The Great Green Wall is one of the most inspirational and urgent movements of our times. This African-led initiative aims to grow an 8000km new world wonder across the entire width of the Continent to transform the lives of millions living on the frontline of climate change.   The UN Convention to Combat Desertification is a key partner in the initiative.  Welcome to our ‘Growing a World Wonder’ campaign website, in support of Africa’s Great Green Wall.    https://www.greatgreenwall.org
Monday, 12 October, 2020
Every single person should watch this documentary.      David Attenborough recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future.        https://www.netflix.com/title/80216393
Saturday, 10 October, 2020
One of the most beautiful Nature Documentaries I have ever watched.   https://www.ourplanet.com/   https://youtu.be/aETNYyrqNYE
Tuesday, 6 October, 2020
This documentary is very touching !!!    https://www.netflix.com/title/81045007
Thursday, 1 October, 2020
The Oscar-nominated true story of the rangers risking their lives to save Africa's most precious national park and its endangered gorillas.      https://www.netflix.com/title/80009431
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
A revolutionary new documentary about meat, protein, and strength.   https://gamechangersmovie.com/
Saturday, 29 August, 2020
Hello Everyone,Due to covid-19, Gualala Arts (Gualala, California) has arranged a virtual exhibit this year for the annual Art in the Redwoods event. They worked hard, included a zoom meeting, and even a take-away dinner to replace their annual in-person dinner. The single surface, oils and acrylics group can be see here: https://gualala.art/59th-annual-art-in-the-redwoods/#gallery but you can see all the groups when you choose All Categories in a drop-down menu by ’Showing:’   I placed five pieces in the virtual exhibit, should you like to view them. I...
Monday, 27 July, 2020
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Wednesday, 22 July, 2020
You know how everyone has some project that is a constant challenge, that doesn't get done or doesn't get done right? Whether its writing a book or doing your taxes or potting a new plant or finishing a new whatever.  Well, this female mountain lion is that challenge for me.  I thought I had finished it but did not care for the monochromatic look. So went in and redid the background. Looked at some old wildlife masters. Am still working on it. So stay tuned for the results. See how it turns out. Feel free to email ideas or suggestions. And by all means check back for...
Wednesday, 24 June, 2020
 Heralds of Autumn was selected this year for the Artists for Conservation yearly exhibition. From the sale of the painting, 25% will be donated to the work of the World Land Trust and 25% to Artists for Conservation. Please click on the link to read the story.   https://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/2020/06/experiencing-nature-through-art/
Tuesday, 23 June, 2020
I currently have an exhibition going on at the Provo Covey Center in Utah.  This exhibit will be showing until the end of July 2020!  I encourage all of you to go and check out the exhibit in person if you are able.  You can also follow me on my social media accounts to see some photos of the exhibit itself.   
Saturday, 6 June, 2020
Current Works in Progress:May 12, 2020Working Title: "Head’s Up" (River Otters)It was a beautiful day in May, I was out photographing and came upon this lovely pair of River Otters playing at the edge of the river, darting in and out of the water – the sun on their fur was just wonderful.  I knew that I would enjoy painting them.At the beginning stages it is just getting the animals positioned and making decisions on colouring etc. Okay – decided that I didn’t like where the back otter was sitting.  I thought it would look a lot better if the...
Friday, 15 May, 2020
Its not every day that ones gets to tick off the old bucket list!I had the good fortune of receiving an official invitation to attend the 2019 Roots and Shoots & Roots Awards event in London, UK in March last year.I was beyond thrilled and couldn't wait to meet this iconic Dr Jane Goodall in person.I managed to get a flight on the new Dreamliner non stop flight from Perth, Western Australia to Heathrow airport. Flying for just over 16 hours non stop one way was quite an experience in itself.The event was held from 10am - 4pm and I was beyond excited. I was invited by one of the...
Wednesday, 6 May, 2020
Canyon Above Rio GrandeIn the fall of 2019, we hiked along the Hot Springs Canyon above the Rio Grande where I painted an oval plein air. I sat in the sun on a rock with the canvas balanced on my knees painting for about two hours. It was all completed on sight, including the wispy clouds in the blue sky. It was a perfect day with a cool breeze, multiple tiny yellow flowers blooming in the desert, and total seclusion except the wasps buzzing about. Being lost in the intricacies of painting and contemplating the endless complexities of nature was a gift to me.Later, my wife and I attended a...
Friday, 17 April, 2020
A short article on Chris Maynard's work appears in the May 2020 issue of National Geographic.
Sunday, 5 April, 2020
Mark is currently at work illustrating a new Columbia University Press book on horse paleontology, tentatively titled The Horse: A Natural History, by Eric Scott. The title will  include the most recent fossil equid finds and offer a current perspective on what is known about horse paleobiology and the conservation of wild species.