When I first started my journey as an artivists, I felt a little bit lonely and out of place. A little bit like an alien. What motivated me was to connect to like minded hearts who fight the same battle. Working with plastic pollution and endangered sea creatures can be a very depressing. It's important to have a support network and to lift each other up and give advice, if needed.
There are so many brilliant artists out there who dedicate their lives to protect our planet. I created a regular Artivist Chat on Clubhouse to connect with other artists, to hear their story and to build a support network.
We have hosted several events so far and each one was unique and very valuable. Very thankful for these connections and moments. Hopefully there will be many to come. As there are so many talented artists out there who are trying to make a difference every day to protect our planet.
Are you an artist who protects the environment with your artistic talent and would love to join these chat. Please get in touch!
Miriam and Greg Holder
Benjamin Von Wong
Yee Mon Oo
Rosaly Van Dansik
Amy Jo Randalls
Alicia Van Den Abeele
Art Chats will return after the summer break.
Rooms for September / October 2022 TBA
When we started our first artivism chat, little had I known that this would become a regular chat. I'm deeply thankful to everyone who joined and the connections we made. I do believe that we have to unit to make a difference and to be positive and welcoming to each other. Each artist is unique and has a story to tell. We are all on a journey, we discover, we learn, we are passionate. We want to make a difference through our art.
I'm very thankful to Norbert Zi, who has kindly welcomed us to host these rooms in his Scuba Club as well as to my co-moderators Janavi Kramer and Taylor Griffith.
"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new." – Dalai Lama
Below and Beyond Art was established by Janavi Kramer, a mixed media British Artist based in Hertfordshire.
"My name is Janavi Kramer and I am a British Nautical Artist and the face behind Below and Beyond Art. I work with a variety of mediums but love using watercolour and archival inks. The goal of all my work is to articulate the magic of the ocean; not only hoping to evoke the same passion in others but also to highlight the threats impacting the ocean and all the species within it.
It was her love of diving that opened her eyes to all the wonders of the ocean and the rapid impacts of threats such as overfishing and climate change. Her mission is to create work that helps others appreciate the natural world and support the invaluable work being done by charities and organisations protecting the Ocean.
Under The Sea Art Shop - Ocean and Conservation.
Under The Sea Art was created by Miriam Staiger and Greg Holder, who are both passionate ocean people: Greg's a dive instructor, Shark Guardian educator and a certified National Geographic Educator and Miri is a MSc marine biologist, dive master and also the artist of Under The Sea Art. She grew up in the Black Forest in Germany, far away from the sea, yet she always had a connection to underwater animals. When she was little she painted more orcas than any other animals, but as she was getting older she stopped painting like most children do and after many years of hard work, has found her path to become a marine biologist. Only due to Covid lockdowns and a lucky coincidence she re-discovered her passion for art and now couldn't imagine a life without it anymore. As passionate marine conservationists Greg and Miri decided to make use of this newly found talent by writing a children’s book about sharks and getting Miri’s artwork to support important campaigns and conservation organisations such as the Manta Trust and Shark Guardian.
Cleaner Seas Group, Designer and ocean advocate
Works with mirco plastics in her artworks.
A competitive sea rower Avril understands our responsibility to protect our oceans and waterways and sees the negative environmental impact plastic pollution is having.
A designer Avril was commissioned to work with the Cleaner Seas Project in 2013 and alongside our CVO Dave Miller has created engaging campaigns to create awareness of plastic pollution.
Avril’s involvement in organising the Bude Wave Conference in 2016 for the Project has taken her on a journey to tackle plastic pollution and more specifically microplastic pollution. Working at grassroots level as well as campaigning, raising awareness, public speaking and lobbying for positive change.
"Crafts by Scuba Cassie was something that i came up with while my Scuba Diving Instructing was put on hold. I am so passionate and amazed by the beauty of the ocean so wanted to find another way to portray this to others who haven’t had the chance to witness the beauty in real life or feel like having some ocean magic in their homes, while we can’t always be the sea. I focus mostly on marine life, painting anything from the big whales to the small nudibranch, which often trigger questions about the magic and mystery of the ocean, as well as the beautiful creatures it contains. I am a huge lover of photography so often use various photographs as reference. My favourite is when people send me their own photographs from dives so they can relive those amazing moments through my work, it really brings me so much joy.
I’ve always loved the ocean, it feels like home to me, so if I am able to pass this passion onto others so they can realise how amazing it is then I am happy."
Narked Shark was created by British scuba diver, Thomas Barnes. He fell in love with the ocean and all the exotic animals that inhabit it during his travels around the world. During his time working as a scuba diving instructor he would also create custom artwork on friends' and co-workers' scuba equipment. These designs were inspired by the marine life he had encountered in the ocean. Thomas has a degree in fine art and has exhibited work in various places in the world including: London, UK and Seoul, S. Korea. His expertise are now employed in creating all the unique artwork in Narked Shark's products. Narked Shark's goal is to produce high quality sustainable clothing with beautiful ocean themed designs on them. The artwork highlights the beauty of the creatures that inhabit the world's oceans and demonstrate why they should be protected, The designs advocate looking after the ocean whilst also being stylish and not to heavy handed and severe when promoting this message.
Styngvi is creating art to support sanctuaries and grassroots
"I'm a full-time artist and illustrator from Iceland. In 2017 I started combining art with activism. The causes that I advocate for are all close to my heart, such as animal liberation, climate justice and LGBTQ+ rights. With my artwork, I hope to plant seeds and create a discussion for a more sustainable lifestyle so all species can have a future on this planet.
With my work I give a visual voice to environmental and social justice causes. Plant seeds and create a discussion for a more sustainable lifestyle so all species can have a future on this planet.
We only have one planet that we can call our home. This planet has given us so much and up until now we have just been taking and taking without giving any thought to how that might affect the Earth.
We must take responsibility for ourselves and our lifestyle if we want to have a future on this planet for our children. One person can't do everything but we can all do something. Together we can inspire and empower others to a greener and more sustainable future!
(beautiful image of Ben taken by Anastasia Loukrezi)
Benjamin von Wong is telling awesome stories through his surreal photography and videography.
"I am an Artist focused on amplifying positive Impact .
My mission is to help make positive impact unforgettable."
Benjamin Von Wong is a Canadian artist, activist, and photographer best known for his environmental art installations and hyper-realist art style. He is a motivational speaker and an advocate against Ocean Plastics. He is also notable for creating several viral Social Media campaigns, including the most funded GoFundMe campaign which raised over US$2M for Eliza O'Neill, a sufferer of Sanfilippo syndrome.
In 2015, Von Wong launched an online campaign petitioning Datuk Masidi Manjun to create a shark Sanctuary in Malaysia. His viral campaign featuring free-diver Amber Bourke tied underwater while sharks swam around generated over 80,000 petition signatures.
Professional artist and wildlife enthusiast, specialising in pastel pencil drawings of wild animals
Martin Aveling's passion for drawing was born out of his surroundings at a very young age. While his parents were working to conserve mountain gorillas on the steep forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, Martin picked up pencils and drew them.
Martin's inaugural exhibition 'Metamorphosis' (2001) at the Pool Room Gallery in Nairobi was a sell-out success, and other solo exhibitions in Kenya, the UK and the USA have followed. After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2004 with an honours degree in Geography, Martin built his career around his primary passion for art and the natural world. He is a regular on the London wildlife art scene, having exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and at the DSWF ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ event, for which he has been a finalist the past twelve years. An award from the Society of Wildlife Artists took him to Indonesia in 2008, fulfilling an ambition to observe orangutans in the wild.
Products inspired by the oceans
10% of profits are donated to Surfers Against Sewage.
"What makes Ocean-Raye environmentally friendly and unique?
10% of all profits go to surfers against sewage.
All of our jewellery is made with natural sea glass collected from the beach, any unusable glass or other rubbish found we pick up and recycle where possible. We try and make all our packaging environmentally friendly and recyclable.
Ocean Raye was founded by myself, Kiera Hellard. I'm currently a student and have a great passion for the environment and beautiful crafts and wanted to combine these, so I created Ocean Raye. This small business enables me to spend my time doing beach cleans, making beautiful necklaces and showcasing my Mother's (Amber-Raye) stunning seascapes."
Illustrator from Stuttgart / Germany.
Anja Ambrosius is an illustrator, film and media producer from Stuttgart/Germany. As a former marine biologist and ocean enthusiast, she is currently working on a children's book about coral reefs and climate change.
Juliet’s pieces are inspired by the ocean, nature, and all of the creatures within our world.
Born in 1999, Juliet Schreckinger is a Long Island, NY based artist. Her work is typically created using a stippling technique in pen & ink and graphite, with occasional splashes of color. Juliet’s pieces are inspired by the ocean, nature, and all of the creatures within our world. Since the time she was a child, Juliet has been fascinated by black and white photography, colorless television shows, and film noir movies. Being exposed to the lighting effects and sharp contrasts shown in these photographs and films greatly inspired the type of work that she does today. Juliet’s work is centered around giving a voice to nature and animals, with the goal of showcasing their importance in this world. Through an illustrative take on fine art, she attempts to express a story in each drawing.
Eco artist living and working in Los Angeles.
"Originally I am from Oakland CA, currently I am living and working in Los Angeles. I am an MFA candidate at Art Center College of Design. Holding a Bachelor of Arts from the University of La Verne I majored in Photography with a minor in Studio Art. Photography is at the foundation of my practice but my practice is no longer medium specific. I believe that an artist today can work between mediums to communicate and tell their stories effectively. The primary formal expressions of my work are editioned prints, unique prints, books, sound/video installations, and will soon involve sculpture. In my work I explore the crossroads of art and science, specifically around human interactions with water. My work comes out of a deep relationship with the ocean.
I was raised in a family of scientists and ocean explorers. For as long as I can remember my brother and I were encouraged to ask questions and explore the world with wonder. My first time below the waves was in a submarine. I was a one year old baby sitting on my mother's lap. We explored the waters off Monterey California. Since then I have continued to explore the California coast and have been lucky enough to see some of the most remote parts of our world."
International Artist, explorer, NFT Art for measurable ocean action.
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ARTIST, EXPLORER, and ENTREPRENEUR Jeremy McKane is the co-founder of The ULTRAMARINE Ocean Action Summit. A group of ocean minded actionists to identify steps to protect 30% of The Ocean by 2030. Jeremy McKane is an Artist with the passion for the environment. His focus has been directed on Ocean issues for several years. He is an active Explorers Club Member and the CEO of OCN.ai, an autonomous network of marine robots that automate enforcement at sea.
"My passion is the oceans and I feel that we don't give them the focus that they need. I thought about this years ago when I first walked up on one of the most polluted beaches I had ever seen. The sad part about it was that there was not any people for hundreds of kilometers yet the evidence of mankind was everywhere. I had this idea about 12 years ago to photograph people underwater as if they were in the studio. (...) So few people have seen the underwater world and often its depicted as an alien environment. This is the environment that we co-exist with and one that we have major influence over. My hope is to get viewers to love The Ocean as much as I do. Maybe we can all make a difference if we share the same love."
Under the Skin was launched by designer duo and brothers Ed & James Harrison.
"Our handcrafted approach to our work is at the heart of our values.
We’re focused on quality, and we’ve slowed things right down.
James takes weeks (sometimes months) to screenprint our limited edition artwork, with the inks mixed by hand, colour-by-colour, layer-by-layer. Everything is considered. It’s a true labour of love. It’s what slow design looks like.
Before design work begins, we do a large amount of research to understand the anatomy, behaviour, habitat, iconic body language and defining characteristics of each species."
"Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a life long artist, marine mammal naturalist and just a general ocean nerd.
My artwork in inks and mixed media is driven by a life-long love for the ocean and all its inhabitants. With experience working in the marine eco-tourism industry, volunteering for ocean conservation causes and teaching as a children's art mentor I am grateful to have a lot of inspiration to draw from. My artwork is one way I hope to advocate for ocean conservation, raising awareness about various issues such as climate change, over-fishing, shark finning and. dolphin captures for the captive trade. We are all connected to the ocean in one way or another- after all, the ocean is the source of most of the air we breathe! Through my work, I hope to help people recognize the importance of protecting marine species, and to gain an appreciation for ocean wildlife. Hope you will join me in this journey!"
"I am a Finnish biologist and self-taught wildlife artist based in Regensburg, Germany.
Living in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. Mother of humans and cats. A fan of the outdoors, quiet moments, science fiction books, puzzles, drinking coffee, and traveling. Inspired by nature, animals in particular. acrylic on canvas."
Co-founder/Creative director of STEMsi.org, and a freelance illustrator specializing in Sci Art.
"I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Microbiology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. I'm also Co-founder/Creative director of STEMsi.org, and a freelance illustrator specializing in Sci Art. A believer in the middle path, I aspire to live at the intersection of Science and Art with Education as a guidepost. As the name implies, science art is a creative expression with the intent to convey a scientific idea or concept. Here are a few examples of mine. I regularly illustrate journal covers and editorial pieces for scientific publishers which I find immensely enjoyable as well as informative as I also get to reach the papers firsthand. "
Professional fish enthusiast - Underwater photographer - Marine debris artist
MSC Ocean Ambassador
"Marine debris from the fishing industry is a major contributor to ocean pollution. I source old fishing gear, either donated by local fishermen, found by me while working at sea or collected by beach clean up initiates. Instead of throwing these old floats into the landfill, I divert them from the waste stream and turn them into art. I paint kelp forests on these recycled buoys because it is my vision of a healthy marine ecosystem. Bringing New Life to Old Buoys Our Ocean faces many challenges, acidification, deoxygenation and plastic pollution, just to name a few.Marine debris from the fishing industry is a major contributor to ocean pollution. I source old fishing gear, either donated by local fishermen, or collected by beach combers.
Instead of throwing these old floats into the landfill, I divert them from the waste stream and turn them into art. I paint kelp forests on these recycled buoys because it is my vision of a healthy marine ecosystem. We are lucky to have many such kelp forest in our clean waters here on the West Coast of Canada."
Chloe Darwin is originally from Plymouth but now a field assistant at the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme.
The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a research-based conservation charity dedicated to studying the whale shark and fostering community-focused conservation initiatives in the Maldives and the greater Indian Ocean.
Chloe creates ocean inspired illustrations.
You can find her beautiful whale shark illustration on Etsy.
"Maldives island life captured within the silhouette of it’s iconic animal, the whale shark! Chloe Darwinn has been busy over the past months, drawing this illustration to celebrate all things ocean and local Maldives ."
"We are two biologists who want to share our passion for marine life with you through our products, and we hope you do the same. Some of our products donate to research and ocean conservation. Show your love for the ocean with this fintastic flair!
Jaclyn is an avid ocean advocate. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Marine Biology and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Environmental Education. She has worked as an aquarist, marine science educator, water quality technician, classroom teacher, expeditions manager, SCUBA instructor, and even a mermaid! She is a volunteer supervisor with her local sea turtle patrol and lives in Florida with her husband, son, and rescue animals.
Yasmin is an artist and ocean advocate. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in Biology and a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Drexel University. She is currently working on her MBA from Florida International University. She believes art plays a powerful role in fostering environmental awareness and creates all our designs with that goal."
Under the Skin was launched by designer duo and brothers Ed & James Harrison.
"We are brothers, outdoor adventurers and creative collaborators. Growing up in South West Wales, we had access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is where our passion for the ocean grew strong. From a young age our parents loved to share their interest for the natural world with us. They both come from scientific backgrounds so our house was always full of scientific books, old medical instruments and tools, and shelves stacked with nature journals and those iconic bright yellow National Geographics.
As young boys we always had a fascination with wildlife. We’d keep beetles in matchboxes, collect fossils, and breed exotic stick insects in our attic. It’s funny how childhood curiosities can have such an influence on your outlook on life. I recently returned from a two year adventure across Canada, where I spent my time working remotely and exploring the landscapes of British Columbia through my passion for surfing, skiing and rock climbing. The animals I witnessed on my travels – from grizzlies to whales, eagles to wolves – have been a major inspiration for my creative work. I created a short travel film documenting my adventures and time on the road in BC. I now reside in Cardiff, UK, where I work as a freelance designer & illustrator."
"I'm Kelly Quinn, a Florida-based wildlife artist, educator, and illustrator, uplifting the stories of nature through art. I use my gift to connect our community to nature through highly detailed, colorful, and immersive paintings on canvas and instruct art classes with Canvas of the Wild at local parks, preserves, and schools.
Central to my art are core values of mission, education, and storytelling inspired by Florida and our shared wild heritage. I spent my childhood exploring conservation lands in central Florida, where my passion for nature and curiosity of the world around me was cultivated and explored through pencil and paper until I began painting in middle school. I have worked with organizations such as The Florida Aquarium, Coral Restoration Foundation, and the Hillsborough County School System to uplift the stories of science through art.
In 2021, I became the project lead and artist for an immersive 2,000 sq ft educational mural in downtown Miami located on the Miami-Dade Public Schools building called iPrep Academy. This school serves K-12, and in collaboration with local partners, I hosted art classes, painted the mural with students, and connected the school with researchers at the University of Miami to inspire the next generation of ocean advocates. "
"My name is Ashley Thomson. I currently reside in Mesa, Arizona with my fiancé and corgi. I am a recent Arizona State University graduate, achieving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing and painting.
I am currently working in human resources (very different from my creative side) and hoping to pick up a tattoo apprenticeship and SCUBA certification by the end of 2021. I've been drawn to the ocean for as long as I can remember, but only started focusing on portraying marine conservation messages within my art about 6 years ago.
My fascination and passion have steadily grown and pushed me to be an advocate for marine conservation. They say that if you can connect to something, then you’re more likely to care about it. That connection is the core of my purpose. My goal is to be a voice for the vulnerable and to allow viewers to see the real side of the “monsters” of the ocean."
Weiyena Wei is a graphic designer / illustrator with 6 years experience working in art and design industry. Originally from China but lives in central America. Spend some time in Costa Rica and now in Mexico.
She is the founder of ethical organisation "asearth" and has worked for the clients from the US, UK, China, Taiwan, Burma and Germany. She has strong passions in sustainability, nature, animal welfare and plant-based lifestyle. She has done amazing collaborations such as:
Action For Dolphins: protect the Vaquita Campaign
2 Minute Foundation: Mask Pollution ... and many more, which you can find on her webiste.
As Earth org: Here at as earth, we focus on three main areas to have impactful change; storytelling, sustainable products and services. To put it simply, asearth was created for the trees and ocean.
An environmental artist from Kommetjie, which is a coastal town on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. She lives near the ocean with her husband and two young boys.
“I have always loved to draw and paint. I think perhaps something I was inspired to do from my grandfather who loved to paint himself. In high school I realized that I enjoyed art a lot more than academics and decided to go to Art College in Cape Town where I finished with a commercial matric. After college I worked for a boat charter company for 10 years. I then started my own wooden word wall art business and it has kept me very busy for the past 10 years. It was in late 2018 though that I decided to start making art from the trash I was collecting off the beaches. I think it was only in the year to follow that I felt like art was going to be a real part of my life.
Bodhi Patil is an inspired youth leader who is passionate about boosting ocean health and human health. As the Youth Team Leader at Parley for the Oceans he focuses on building Ocean Uprise and creating opportunities for young people to take action #fortheoceans.
Bodhi is a lover of the ocean and is doing everything in his power to end it's destruction. OCEANUPRISE with campagins like: Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act!
“Artivism is sharing a story through creative pursuits. it creates ripples of change by showcasing the beauty of the natural world and our need to protect it.” - Bodhi Patil
Benu Ni Waitui - Marine Debris Artivist from Fiji
Benu Ni Waitui is an art account on Instagram that was created by Suzanne Turaganiwai to highlight the problem of marine plastic pollution in Suva, Fiji Islands. With a background in Marine Science, a passion for the arts and being an avid paddler, she decided to take action to use her talents and knowledge to share with locals the various rubbish being washed up with the tides and shine an artistic and brighter light on the marine plastic pollution problem.
Although she is fairly new to the marine debris artivism community, she is inspired by the many artivists she follows to spread the message of taking action for the environment and in turn hopes to inspire creatives, youth and more Fijians to join the fight to clean up the marine environment.
She also hopes to eventually build a community of marine debris artivists In Fiji that will continue to raise awareness and positive messages for the protection of our waitui (Ocean).
Born under a water sign and growing up near the water, it’s natural that Pam Ferris-Olson would be the creative energy behind Women Mind the Water. Pam has studied ocean creatures and natural resource science, worked in communications, and a doctorate in Leadership and Change. Pam created Women Mind the Water to explore the intersection of women, water, and stories. Her brand of storytelling conveys a passion for the ocean and the ocean is the driving force behind her art. It’s deeply personal for Pam as she lives along the shore of the Gulf of Maine, a body of water that is among the most biologically productive ecosystems in the world and warming faster than most other bodies of water. Pam believes in the power of collaboration and in women empowering women. She seeks to promote artistic collaborations that celebrate and foster respect for the ocean and each other.
Women mind the water podcast: The aim of Women Mind the Water is to share stories and art that raises awareness of the connection between humans and water, reflects upon the ways humans engage with and shares responsibility for the ocean. Women Mind the Water began as a digital stories project.
"I am Rosaly, the creator of Sharking Daily.
I am a graphic designer and artist based in Bonaire, a tiny island in the Dutch Caribbean. I have travelled and dived around the world, volunteered in marine conservation and worked in the diving industry, where my passion for sharks sparked. I was amazed and in awe at how timid the sharks I encountered were, even tiger sharks.
My mission with Sharking Daily is to give sharks a better reputation through colourful illustrations that brighten your day. I truly believe in the power of protecting what you love. The media generally portrays sharks as monsters, putting fear into peoples minds. I hope to take away that fear by consistently showing how wonderful sharks are. Sharks are ancient creatures, they have been evolving over 455 million years ago, long before dinosaurs and mammals walked the earth. That fact alone still humbles me. I believe we should respect sharks and celebrate them like they are our ancestors-"
Holly is a campaigner and artist who combines her passions to create art that protects our wild.
Holly is a watercolour artist with a particular fascination for humpback whales and marine life. With a history of working in advocacy alongside marginalised Communities and a love for being on or in the water, Holly uses her art to raise awareness and funds for groups tackling critical issues. Holly hopes that her art will give you something beautiful for your home and a talking point for how we might all do more to protect our wild.
Wild and Wave is a print and homeware brand, designed with the spirit of adventure seekers and protectors of our wild in mind. Each piece is inspired by our natural world and donates 10% of profits to the protection of species and natural habitats.
All of our pieces are either originals or hand finished high quality limited edition prints, designed to look and feel just like the real thing.
Our art work is created by Holly Bantleman, a self taught watercolour artist and inspired by her time living in Kenya and scuba diving in exotic locations across the world. With a background in campaigning and advocacy, Holly now combines her passion for social change with her creativity and brings you Wild and Wave.
Xavi Reñé, Wildlife Erra: "From a very young age I have felt a great connection with animals and nature. Precisely for this reason, I have dedicated much of my work to the illustration of wildlife, especially animals in danger of extinction. I've been conducting commissions for sanctuaries, foundations and other projects related to animals.
But it was when I participated in a fundraiser in Lone Pine Koala for the Australian bushfires (2019), that everything became clearer. There, a new horizon was opened for me and I seriously considered dedicating a part of my work to help organizations. Contribute my grain of sand, with the best that I do and the best that I can get out of myself. Using the illustration as a tool to help spread or share situations that maybe many people are unaware of through illustration.
Because at the end, I am firmly convinced that if each and every one of us does his part, no matter how small, we will be able to change the course of things."
Illustrator, Image Maker, Director
Sam is a Bristol based image maker and art director specialising in creating handcrafted paper sets and sculptures. She designs, cuts and hand crafts her creations from a range of sustainable materials and has skilled apprentices on hand who are able to get stuck in on larger scale projects. She regularly collaborates with talented designers, photographers, videographers, production companies and agencies to produce playful, engaging and purpose-driven work. Her paper sculptures are used both commercially and artistically, for a variety of different applications ranging from advertising and awareness campaigns, set design for ethical products + packaging predominantly in the events, travel + tourism and food + drink sectors. Sam has produced work for a range of clients, including Lush, Chilly’s Bottles, City to Sea, Refill, Kiehl’s, Origins, Soho House, Pearson, Project Literacy, Strasbourg.eu, Goldsmiths University of London, WWF and Visit Bristol.
Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast’s artwork is an ode to nature and its current biodiversity. Plants, mushrooms, insects and other animals encounter in a vibrant swirl of colors under her brush or sculpting tools.
Since 2017, in her series “Discarded Objects”, she grows colorful organic sculptures on manufactured objects, celebrating the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature.
Her work has a cheerful post apocalyptic feel to it, a reassuring reminder that nature has the capacity to grow back, if we only let it.
Her work has been exhibited in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
French, born in 1985, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, currently resides in Vannes, France.
"Hi! My name is Amir Faqiri and I'm living in Sweden. In my spare time I'm picking trash in nature and have lectures about littering and plastics in our oceans. The trash I pick up I turn into art to enlighten the problems. For a very long time I've thought that we need to take care of the planet and environment. My thoughts are that we are only borrowing the planet and that we need to make as small marks as possible. To pick trash is my way to contribute to a better environment for us, the animals, the plants and future generations."
"I'm Rachel, a UK based artist, wildlife guide, and photographer. I live in the lovely little town of Oban in the Scottish Highlands. Thank you for taking the time to view my work, everything here is lovingly hand made by myself! So I thought I would use this opportunity to introduce me to you!
I have always loved drawing and painting and during college this was set to be my career path. I had already drafted my first university application for an Art course but a summer spent volunteering on a whale and dolphin research project in the Atlantic changed everything!
Living with a group of young passionate conservationists really shifted my perspective of the world, I decided that this was exactly where I wanted to be. I changed my application to study a BSc in Zoology at the University of Leeds.
Art was put to one side whilst I was studying and after graduating I couldn't wait to get out and explore the world. I left the UK in 2014 with a one way ticket to India. The vibrancy of India stole my heart and is still one of my favourite places. The colours captured my imagination and inspired me to pick up my camera and a set of crushed petal powder paints. After leaving India I made my way through Indonesia before settling in Australia which was to be my home for the next few years. "
Aurora Robson is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her meditative work intercepting the plastic waste stream. Her practice is about subjugating negativity and shifting trajectories. Her work is a formal meditation on recurring nightmares she had as a child which she hybridizes with forms found in nature. Robson was born in Toronto in 1972 and grew up in Hawaii. She lived and worked in New York City for over 2 decades during which time she studied art history and visual arts at Columbia University. Recently, Robson moved to the Hudson Valley to raise her two daughters with her husband Marshall Coles.
Aurora Robson is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, a TED/Lincoln Re-Imagine Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Art Work Grant. She has exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces since 2002.
Robson is also the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work in innovative ways with plastic debris. Robson is passionate about developing integrative methods for artists and designers to utilize plastic debris as a raw material. Since 2014, Robson has been developing and assisting with the implementation of a course called Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream designed to foster creative stewardship through academia at colleges, universities and high schools around the world.
bio coming soon
Artist, Art Editor & wildlife enthusiast. After 20 years in magazine publishing in London, Sydney and Bath, the Covid pandemic forced a career break, but it opened up a new opportunity to explore painting and to increase my awareness of conservation issues around the world.
In 2020 and 2021, I had a total of 5 paintings shortlisted in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year, 4 of which were Highly Commended.
In 2020 I was thrilled to be awarded Explorers Against Extinction (EAE) Sketch for Survival Wildlife 100 Artist of the Year. Following this, I collaborated with EAE to produce 21 artworks in support of their '21For21' campaign, which was raising money to help 21 conservation projects around the world. This culminated in an exhibition at Oxo Gallery, London.
Last year, I was also awarded a Runner Up at the Artists for Painted Dogs exhibition with a painting of a Black & White Ruffed Lemur.
It has been very easy to feel restricted and limited in our actions during this Covid pandemic, but life on the front line of conservation hasn't stopped, and in many cases has proved ever more challenging. Through charities such as DSWF, EAE and Artists for Painted Dogs, there has been a chance to reach out, and through producing and selling art, make a small contribution to vital conservation projects. As well as raising funds, I hope that it raises awareness and maybe make some people curious to learn more.
Hi, I'm Katharina from Germany and I’m working as a graphic, UI and web designer, trying to dive deeper into web accessibility and inclusive design lately. In my free time I’m an artist, started drawing again in 2020 after a very long break.
I discovered digital art shortly after starting again, so I’m drawing mostly on a tablet at the moment. My topics include veganism and animal rights, climate justice and all about protecting our beautiful planet. With a special love for pigs, whales and sharks.
After learning about the suffering of farm animals, the climate crisis and species extinction I was so sad and touched. I wanted to do something, but felt a little helpless. My solution was art. Now I'm using my creativity to raise awareness about these important topics.
I really hope that I can inspire and motivate people to learn more about the urgent topics of our time and to take action themselves.
Mateusz aka Fresh 'n Salty's mission is bringing marine life facts and complicated ocean problems closer to people in a fun and engaging way. He believes that education is a key to the global conservation efforts, so through working with marine biologists and environmental campaigners, he tries to ignite fascination with the oceans and provide joyful learning experience, while also making a few laughs along the way. Let's get a clue in the blue!
Fresh 'n Salty': We believe that education is the key to helping the environment and protecting animal welfare.
Because no matter how right the cause, people are not going to listen unless they get interested. And education doesn’t have to be boring! On the contrary, learning about the ocean can be fascinating - as long as it is presented in an accessible, well-explained and fun way!
If you are a like-minded animal welfare organisation, environmental campaigner, eager marine biologist or sustainable dive shop - we are here for you! Let’s cooperate, create something together and contribute to the better underwater world.
Vegan artivist, nature whisperer and lover of all things wild. I am here to support the awakening of our Nature bond, to spread a message of living in harmony with all Earth’s species, and to help grow dreams rooted in our own healing.
Have you ever felt the awe of a sunrise, shivered to the midnight coyote or smiled within the embrace of rain? We are sacred beings in a built world and our spirits yearn for clean air, water and connection with something deeper.
My mission is to advocate for the healing of our world and create a regenerative society in which all species are treated with dignity and respect.
The Ocean is my passion, and I portray it in its immensity and beauty. Through art came the possibility of contributing by educating about its wonders. And later I was struck by the need to act in the face of the factors that threaten it”.
Carlos Hiller is an artist dedicated to portraying the oceans.
A laborious technique studied for many years seeks to bring us those wonderful encounters with fascinating creatures. Witnessing the degradation of the marine environment led him to become involved in environmental education. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
Carlos Hiller was born in Argentina. From an early age he felt a special interest in studying painting and biology. At the age of 21, he settled in Costa Rica, after having traveled South America consistently. He faces the possibility of dedicating himself fully to painting and realizing his life as an artist. He finds in the Pacific Ocean a frontier to the new and unknown, and leaves everything to devote himself completely to capturing these marine images on the canvas. Inspiration comes from his own experiences as a diver. Naturalized Costa Rican, he has held solo exhibitions in several countries and painted for collectors.
Through art he exposes the wonders that inhabit our oceans and puts it at the service as a tool to convey a clear message about the challenges faced by the seas, and therefore, all life on earth. Much of his time is spent painting murals in schools, educating with talks, and giving live painting presentations. He currently resides in Playas del Coco, northern Cost
I'm Evi, an environmental activist and wildlife conservationist using art and science to call for action for our planet and share my passion for all people to protect the environment and all the incredible species we share it with.
Love for animals and passion for art were there since I know myself, but awareness of urgent environmental issues such as nature exploitation, climate change, plastic pollution, biodiversity loss and all the threats for natural habitats and wild animals resulting from human behaviour - brought them together. Through art I wish to show the different ways in which human activity is harming nature and animals and speak for endangered species that we still have time to save.
I use various mediums to create art in a zero waste and sustainable way - Sculpting with trash I collect at the beach, parks, streets and dump sites; Drawings with upcycled and reused materials from paper to frames and brushes; Microplastic photography and even sewing cigarette butts.
I hope that my art, shocking as I want it to be and powerful as it may be, will help me express my emotions of concern for our planet and wildlife, the urge to act for it and help others connect with me, with these issues and feel the same as I do.
Alicia is a self-trained wildlife artist, photographer, writer, and filmmaker from North Yorkshire; with a degree in Biological sciences from Oxford University, currently studying for a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE, in partnership with the BBC.
Alicia aims to celebrate the beauty of the natural world in her work, as well as communicating the threats it faces through the arts. She especially loves to create pieces of wildlife artivism – exploring complex scientific issues using artwork.
In 2021, she won the “Human Impact” category of David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 for her piece “When the Whale Sang”, and was awarded the inaugural Ingrid Beazley Award. “When the Whale Sang” has also been displayed as part of UNESCO’s Art by Women in Science “Creative Resilience” exhibition 2021-22. Her art has been included in Conservation Optimism’s Film Festival exhibition 2020 and 2021; as well as African Wild Dogs Conference exhibition 2022.
Alicia self-published her debut illustrated wildlife poetry book, “Rain before Rainbows”, in 2020 with the aim of increasing awareness of the natural world, and raising money for the wildlife hospital Tiggywinkles. She is currently working on a fully-illustrated mini-collection exploring “Dynamic Dunescapes”, in partnership with The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Loreto is a Spanish illustrator, in love with the sea since she was a little girl. She studied Biology and Marine Environment and later became a diver. She has travelled over Europe, Asia and America doing field work to protect the ocean and its creatures. She uses her art to bring the ocean to your home and to raise environmental awareness. She’s especially fond of whales and sharks, but also turtles, penguins or corals and loves to show the beauty of geometry
Kimsmarinelife – Marine life inspired Art
Kimberly is a Marine Biologist and Ocean Artist. As a marine biologist she studied the ecophysiological effects on macroalgae and tried to cultivated seaweed. Seaweed was the first that led her into art. She worked together with a seaweed company and did illustrations for it. Later on she focused on getting her own small business started, so Kimsmarinelife was created. She works with different mediums: watercolour, acrylics and ink (dot work/stippling). Her art is marine life inspired. She draws different marine creatures and ocean paintings to show other people the beauty of the ocean and that it’s worth protecting it.
Emma Lopes is an artist and illustrator, based in Lisbon, Portugal. Spending time in wild places is her favourite pastime and mother nature is her muse. A core belief which filters into every aspect of her work is that all life is interconnected. Her art is a form of activism through celebration of this planet we must protect with all of our force.
Painting is dreaming awake for me, and I know no other truth. By divine timing, I worked on a manta ray tour boat in 2017 despite the fact that I was scared of dark water, got seasick, and had no idea which side was starboard or port. Those mantas and that water changed my life. Ever since, I have been pouring myself into art inspired by our oceans.
My work is dedicated to bringing awareness and conservation efforts to our seas, as well as inspiring individuals to follow their dreams. Being an artist is an extension of my soul; I feel so blessed to be able to express my emotions, passion, inspiration, connection to community, and commitment to preserving our precious planet through my body of work. For over ten years now, I have included copper leaf into my pieces, which is dedicated to preserving the integrity and spirit of my art. As a conductor of energy, copper carries the love I pour into my work into the hands and hearts of others. My small business is my dream come true, thanks to our oceans, all my past teachers which include every individual that has influenced me in any way, and to everyone who has connected with and supported my artwork.
Sarah Lake is a paper artist from Ashford, Kent
Sarah discovered paper cutting 10 years ago
and quickly found a love of layered paper cutting
Sarah has been making and donating her work
to various charities such as The Big Cat Sanctuary
in Smarden, Which helps with raising much needed
Each piece is cut by hand with a scalpel,
using 6-9 sheets of paper. These are then
glued down to give the artwork its depth.
Each piece can take between 7-21 days to
make, depending on size and detail.
They are made using a photograph usually
taken by Sarah herself.
Sarah won Explorers Against Extinction's
Sketch for Survival Wildlife 100
Artist of the Year 2021.
Where her winning piece 'Achilles'
was displayed in the OXO Gallery in
London before being auctioned off.
Francisco Atencio lives in Mendoza, Argentina. By trade he’s a computer engineer but an artist and philosopher at heart. His hobbies include studying, drawing, painting, reading, doing yoga, enjoying life and learning from everything around him. He’s happily married to Leticia, and has two beautiful children, Santiago and Sol.
Francisco is an active member of The Art of Compassion Project, an international art collective that aims to support the compassionate lifestyle of veganism by donating 100% of proceeds from various art projects to non-profit vegan organisations.
María Lecanda is a Mexican photographer and illustrator currently based in Belgium. Like many others, her passion for marine conservation started with diving and wildlife encounters.
As a photographer she has captured images to help communicate the richness of the world beneath the surface, such as that of the Revillagigedo Archipelago marine reserve in Mexico. However, when limited to stay above the surface, she found respite in creating images of said richness and started BLACKSCATTER as a collection of stippled ink art, inspired by wildlife and the desire to bring nature and the underwater world into our homes.
The scattered ink art of BLACKSCATTER is achieved through stippling, a technique where you paint images with dots - like a printer would, only printers do it with remarkably smaller dots and much higher speed and precision. The values of shade and light are achieved by painting them closer together or further apart.
Deanna Derosia is an illustrator and biologist born and raised in the sunny Treasure Coast of Florida. Growing up next door to nesting sea turtles, strolling alligators, and bright pink spoonbills ignited her curiosity for the natural world, and inspired her to preserve unique habitats like Florida’s for generations to come. She founded her business Sealacanth Studios to now help others explore our natural world, discover its oddities, and learn about their own next door critters through the storytelling quality of art.
My name is Alicia van den Abeele, I am an animal and abstract artist from Belgium based in London. I picked up my first pencils and paintbrushes at a very young age, but I properly turned my artistic passion into a career in 2020. The natural world around me is my biggest inspiration and through my work I aspire to convey the incredible character and beauty of animals. I am also exploring wildlife artivism - where my artworks hold a stronger wildlife conservation message, and artistic therapy - where I explore human emotions and phenomenons through artistic expression.
I also graduated as a Zoologist and a Master in Anthrozoology, and conducted research on the horse-human communication, explaining and narrowing the gap between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom.
I trust that the natural world and the world of art can mutually influence each other: the natural world can remarkably inspire artistic creations, and our creativity can help us better understand the natural world around us.
Hi, I'm AJ! I am a marine biology student and artist, using my artwork to support my dream of becoming a marine mammal scientist.
PintOfAngryBees was started during the covid19 lockdown in 2020 when I was let go from my barista job. I had been toying with the idea of turning my love for drawing into a job that could support me throughout my studies, but it took the pandemic to make it happen.
I am a mature student studying marine biology in Scotland and use the income from my artwork and a tutoring job to support myself and save for internships to get that all-important work experience. Prior to attending university, I worked a variety of jobs, from stacking shelves to voluntary work as a gliding instructor.
My artwork is mainly inspired by cetaceans and scientific papers on them, although other aspects of the ocean creep in from time to time. I think most people see whales and dolphins as the standard grey bottlenose or "Shamu", so I want to show just how diverse and multidimensional cetaceans actually are, especially when it comes to the more elusive and unknown species. My hope is that by creating artworks about cetacean science I can help people understand that there is so much more diversity on their doorstep while supporting my degree and ambitions to become a scientist.
Roberts journey as a professional artist started in spring of 2020. Having spent almost half his life as a ski instructor, covid left a huge void. A void that would be filled with art.
With all the external pressures taken away, Robert naturally drifted towards Art. More specifically - detailed graphite and charcoal drawings.
In his first year as an artist he received a 'highly commended award' for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year. He also managed to rase £2000 for wildlife charities, through the sales of his artwork.
Moving forward robert wants to use his art to shine a light on the unhealthy relationship we as humans have with the planet we live on.
Cherilyn Ramsey is a self-taught artist originating from Gulf Coast of Florida. An avid surfer, diver, and traveler, always drawing inspiration from the natural world around her. She has lived in various places including, Australia, New Zealand, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and now the Big Island of Hawai’i.
This art reflects her extreme passion for the natural world, especially the ocean. All designs are hand drawn with pen, graphite, watercolor, and charcoal. Some designs take weeks or even months to complete, as they are very detailed and high contrast. Her designs are made to pop off the paper and make a statement in any room. Her hope is that this art allows one to gain a deeper appreciation for the raw, exciting, natural world around us.