Ever since I was old enough to put two and two together, I have noticed the affects man has on nature.
I grew up on a small lake surrounded by beaches and trees that were the homes of turtles and birds, little newts and wild ducks. This world became a part of me that will always remain. So I began to paint works which remind the viewer of what might happen if we lose sight of our responsibilities toward our planet, such as the one to your left: Ignorance is Bliss.
Are your senses aroused? How about your sensibilities? Does it make you ponder the purpose? I certainly hope so, since this is the goal of an eco-artist: to make a busy person stop in his tracks and think, “Wow. That painting makes a strong statement about the world today. Maybe there’s something I can do to help.” Having one of these paintings on your wall is a great way to tell your friends what you stand for. After all, a picture is worth….well, you know. You might even inspire some of them to join an activist group, and to start donating, too.
The snowball of social responsibility rolls a little farther and gets a little bigger with every viewing of every eco painting, with every dollar or hour that is donated, and with every new member of every new conservationist group. Until I became serious about activism and began to research the issues that interest me most, I had no idea how many activist organizations and groups exist today. And where would we be without them?
Many, many species survive today because of the work of these groups. Ecosystems around the world are thriving after nearly being lost. The forestry industry has become friendlier to the environment, and coral reefs are being rescued by people who put a high value on the health of our oceans, like the reef shown here in my painting, Reef Renewal.
Like the little snowball that began its downhill journey to become a huge presence, our efforts can grow with time until our fears of extinction, water wars, empty seas, and cracked earth disappear into healthy, breathable air.
This is why I am an artist/activist today. This is why earth’s population should support all activists who champion righteous causes. This is why you should start collecting the work of eco artists and visiting the outdoor exhibitions of environmental artists. Like me and my colleagues, you can make a difference.
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