AFC Artist Posts

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.
Sunday, 5 April, 2020
"Zoo friend and local artist Linda Martin has recently been recognised by the Coloured Pencil Community of Australasia Inc for her drawing of Misty.Linda not only draws our beautiful animals here at the Zoo, but is also a great supporter of conservation, with all the proceeds of her gift cards sold through the Zoo gift shop going directly to the Cheetah Trust Foundation."Billabong Zoo Feb 11, 2020
Saturday, 4 April, 2020
Mark's art of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex, will appear as the jacket cover and selected interior illustrations for a new book, DINOSAURS: What We Know, How We Know by paleobiologist Mary H. Schweitzer and her coauthors. This book will explore the newest discoveries of dinosaurs based on Dr. Schweitzer's molecular biology studies of the ancient animals' soft tissues and bones.
Friday, 3 April, 2020
Mark continues to conduct talks on the latest discoveries about sauropods and other dinosaurs at various locations in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, where he also holds signings of his and his co-author Mattew Wedel's 2016 John Hopkins University Press book, Sauropods: Life In the Age of Giants.
Friday, 3 April, 2020
A new book by Mark Hallett and co-author John M. Harris, "On the Prowl: In Search of Big Cat Origins" (Columbia University Press) is scheduled for publication in June 2020. Reviewed and endorsed by world-renowned wildlife biologist George B. Schaller, it explores the long journey of the big cats through evolutionary time and explains the latest ideas for their conservation. Please go to "Columbia University Press--New Books" and then the "Evolution and Paleontology" section for a preview.
Thursday, 2 April, 2020
Thursday, 2 April, 2020
DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT: The Art of Archaeopteryx now joins Silver Plume Exhibitions" previous traveling exhibit, HATCHING THE PAST to open at a variety of museum venues in the United States beginning in 2015 and extending through 2022. Featuring the painting and sculptural works of Mark Hallett and other paleoartists, the exhibit explores the history of the iconic dinosaur bird's early discovery in 1859 through modern 21st century interpretations.
Tuesday, 17 March, 2020
If you can visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Rescue Center on Jekyll Island, GA, I would highly recommend it.  There is a turtle "hospital" where you can see turtles being cared for with the goal of releasing them back into the wild upon recovery.  These people are heroic!  When a hurricane threatened  the coast, the staff loaded up the turtle patients and drove the. To other facilities for safety.  It has been an honor for me to have the facility carry my turtle themed artwork and the center is one of my favorite  conservation...
Thursday, 12 March, 2020
The beauty of the natural world has been shown scientifically to calm and physically help people.  Unfortunately. as wonderfull as technology is, it sometimes seems to me that we are missing real life and nature and opting for a. virtual reality instead.  One of the best things I can do with my art is to express the natural world, hopefully to help people to really see it.
Thursday, 27 February, 2020
The Fire and Ice Festival on January 18/2020 was a great success despite the blizzard conditions and huge dump of snow. People still came out by the hundreds , but mostly from local areas as it was difficult to come from Toronto, and by the end of the day most roads were impossible so several artists, including myself, ended up sleeping on the floor in their studios. But it was all for a great cause, the Millpond Restoration Project. Pretty soon, spring will be coming, and we will have to keep watch for the turtles in our pond. Several crawl up to the road to lay their eggs. A barrier...
Wednesday, 12 February, 2020
 To celebrate Valentine's Day, this is a re-post of the popular 2017 George and Mabel: A Love Story They say that crows usually mate for life.  George and Mabel have certainly stuck together through good, and some very bad, times — so, in honour of Valentine's Day, here is their story.I wrote about some of their trials and tribulations about a year ago in the blog post George's Tough Year. This is the next instalment of their story.In spite of babies lost to illness  and a seemingly catastrophic injury, George has kept on keeping on and, with the help of...