Conservation

" I feel so blessed to express myself through my wildlife portraits; to reach others through the beauty and innocence that shine from an animal’s eyes. It is this example of love that the world so desperately needs to connect with right now, to heal the fear and greed that is destroying our natural world. I believe these beautiful beings are calling me to express that they are not just mere commodities; to be exploited, used or forgotten. "

Geraldine supports several animal welfare and environmental groups through donations of her works of art. Closest to her heart is Friends of the National Parks Foundation (http://www.fnpf.org) in Borneo, Indonesia, who focus on the conservation of orangutans and other Indonesian wildlife. At the time when FNPF worked on rescuing and rehabilitating orang-utans Geraldine had the opportunity to visit the rehabilitation centre. That experience  became the catalyst for her mission to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife.

"I remember how heavy and steamy the air was as I walked towards one of the enclosures. The heaviness eased as I looked into the most loving big brown eyes I had ever seen. These eyes captivated me. The love shining from her eyes was the key to unlocking the personality and sentience that I burn to express through each of my works."

Inspired by this life-changing trip Geraldine founded the “Riding for Rangas” annual charity bike ride in 2009 (biennial since 2013) to raise funds and awareness for FNPF. Riders are sponsored to complete the challenging 300km distance in two days.

The spring of 2019 and the summer of 2020 was the most catastrophic in Austratlia's history for busfires and the consequent loss of 480 million animals and 18.6 million hectares of habitiat.  Geraldine took it upon herself to set up an online Facebook silent auction of one of her koala drawings to raise funds for the Port MaQaurie Koala hospital in NSW. Through the connection of social media Geraldine's page was discovered and she was invited to particiapte in "100 Artworks for a Koala  - Konservation Project" through non-profit organisation Living With Koalas. 100 Australian based artists will provide an original artwork relating to koalas. This is an auction led event on an inernational scale where funds generated will be used for awareness programmes and school visits as well as funding LWK koala food tree nurturing and planting programme. The event will commence in July, 2020.

Geraldine is a regular supporter of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Conservation Projects & Causes

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Australia's bushfire emergency 2020 - Facebook art auction for the Koala Hospital | Geraldine Simmons

Australia's bushfire emergency 2020

Bushfire emergency ART AUCTION on Geraldine's Wildlife Art via Facebook for the Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie, NSW.

Original artwork in coloured pencil on paper titled "Afternoon Snooze." The size of the artwork is 42cm x 34cm.

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Sketch for Survival 2018 - In Collaboration with Explorers Against Extinction | Geraldine Simmons

Sketch for Survival 2018

Sketch for Survival is an art initiative. It was inspired by a shocking statistic – on average, one elephant is poached in the wild every 26 minutes. The purpose of the initiative is to highlight the plight of elephants and other iconic species and invited professional artists and celebrity supporters help by donating a simple 26-minute wildlife sketch to the  touring exhibition.

I was delighted and felt so privileged to be invited to participate once again in Sketch for Survival 2018 art initiative comprising 100+ artworks, including sketches, studio artworks, illustrations and...

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Wildlife Asia Roar Arts Event 2017 - Saving Species Through Art  | Geraldine Simmons

Wildlife Asia Roar Arts Event 2017

In Wildlife Asia Roar Event for 2017 the focus is to highlight the Leuser ecosystem, specifically the Sumatran elephant population. Artworks on offer will be available for viewing from November 2nd at Kidigo Art House, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, Western Australia with live art creations and an auction of selected works on November 9 run by Art Auctioneer John Cook.

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Sketch for Survival  - Wildlife Artists Supporting Conservation | Geraldine Simmons

Sketch for Survival 2017

Over 100 pieces of artwork, both professional works donated by leading wildlife artists as well as sketches from celebrity supporters will be framed or mounted and exhibited online, as well as being displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London, UK during the Explorers against Extinction event on the evening of 12 October 2017.

The evening will be introduced by Sir Ranulph Fienees OBE with Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE who will be joined by other explorers and adventurers as they talk of their travels and encounters with endangered wildlife.  Sketch for Survival will kick...

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Riding for Rangas  - An on-going bi-ennual charity bike ride that raises funds and awareness for non-profit organisation Friends of the National Parks Foundation based in Indonesia | Geraldine Simmons

Riding for Rangas

When Geraldine visited Borneo in 2005 she saw firsthand the destruction caused by the planting of palm oil plantations that threaten local plant and animal species. Inspired and deeply moved by this trip, Geraldine used her love of push-bike riding to found Riding for Rangas. Since 2009 Riding for Rangas has raised thousands of dollars assisting Friends of the National Parks Foundation fight for the survival of the orangutan through restoring habitat and relocating dozens of orangutans to safety from the palm oil plantations to Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau River Wildlife...