Conservation

"You often hear artists speak of the “beauty” of nature.  I find it interesting that a synonym for beauty is lovely; the suffix “ly” meaning “having the nature or qualities of” love.  It is a recognition of the interconnected reality here on earth of everything between the sun’s rays and the earth’s core.  It’s that interconnectedness that creates beauty and which makes planet earth an extraordinarily rare entity in the universe, with its dazzling display of colors, ordered patterns and widely diverse life forms. It is this preciously beautiful (and oftentimes fragile) connectedness, which we must both cherish and secure. "

In 2017 I founded The Conservancy Press to create a platform to use artwork to raise funds for conservation causes.  I have created many paintings intended to support conservation organizations, only to find that the organization did not have the human resources, or know how, to convert that artwork into funds. As a lawyer and former advertising executive, I try to bring those talents to bear to assist the organization in using artwork to raise funds.  Initially the idea was to connect a GoFundMe type platform with commemorative fine art prints. We ran two initial pilot programs included a campaign to raise funds for The Endangered Wolf Center for Red Wolf Awareness and Recovery and a campaign to upgrade The Turner Shelter on the Katy Trail for The Conservation Federation of Missouri. We determined through those pilot programs that the best approach is an individual one, not a one-size-fits-all turnkey solution.  Currently The Conservancy Press is a free service to assist conservation organizations in finding artists or artwork that can be used to create rewards or inspiration for giving. The Conservancy Press works with the organization to determine whether and how artwork can be used to inspire donors to their cause, and then connects the organization with an artist who might be willing to help. The Conservancy Press also has the resources and know how to turn that 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional artwork into a reward for giving.  This might include turning a plaster cast of a gorilla fist print from the Congo into a tabletop bronze or a simple commemorative poster.  Our  purpose is simply to lend our experience and expertise to help the organization reach its goals.

Unrelated to The Conservancy Press, like all AFC signature members, I donate a percentage of every wildlife artwork sale to conservation causes. Some of the causes I have created artwork for include:

  • The Endangered Wolf Center
  • The Missouri Prairie Foundation
  • The Trumpeter Swan Society
  • Operation Migration
  • The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project
  • The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance
  • Chesapeake Bay Conservation Causes
  • The St. Louis Zoo Wildcare Institute

Among many others.

    

Conservation Projects & Causes

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Red Wolf Education and Recovery - Commemorative Poster To Raise Awareness About Red Wolves | Rob Dreyer

Red Wolf Education and Recovery (Campaign Completed)

The Endangered Wolf Center's educators will be heading to the Ozark mountain region of Missouri and Arkansas to increase public awareness about red wolves and their essential role in keeping the ecosystems across the Southeast healthy and thriving. Awareness is the first step in protecting the current wild population and helping to expand the benefits of this species to other areas throughout its native range. We’ll also be using this opportunity to assess and measure perceptions of wolves and carnivores, and evaluate the effectiveness of education on reducing negative misconceptions....