Conservation

"I paint what I love.  I have always loved animals and nature.  It grieves me to see so many habitats and animals going extinct.  I want to use my art to show the world my love for what God has created and to try and save it. "

For many years I have donated paintings to a wildlife refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, called Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.  A series of portraits of their rescued animals included 11 scratchboard pieces of art.  They have rescued over 100 tigers and other big cats that were abandoned, abused, or needed a new home.  Some of the cutting edge technology on tigers have come from their devoted zoologists on how to care for wild tigers in captivity.  Tonya Smith, the founder of the refuge in 1978, continues to run the refuge and get the word out - wild animals are NOT PETS. https://www.turpentinecreek.org

I am currently working on art to raise money for Saving the Survivors.  It was founded in 2012 by Dr Johan Marais to attend to injured, endangered, wildife that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents.

"Whilst we will attend to the needs of any injured animal, most of our efforts have been directed at rhino due to the vicious attacks that many of them have fallen victim to"  Dr Johan Marais stated.  They are supported by the South African Veterinarian Association and Ford Motor Company.  Dr Marais is leading the world in studies on how to treat Rhinos that have had their faces cut off for their horns.  Over 1000 Rhinos a year are killed for their horns and at the current rate will be extinct in our lifetime. https://www.savingthesurvivors.org