Being the Selected Artist at ZSL London Zoo has been a unique opportunity for me to develop my artistic practice within an environment which is bursting with exotic animal life, and enriched by the passion and integrity of the zookeepers and conservationists who work on site.
My year’s project, entitled ‘A New Wave: Art and Conservation Science’ is designed to investigate marine life at ZSL London Zoo Aquarium. I aim to use my artwork to draw attention to rare creatures, especially those which are threatened with extinction in the wild, and are of active concern to conservation teams in the UK.
I have created a new series of oil paintings, ink drawings, photographs and written interviews. My portfolio delves into an underwater landscape proliferated by coral reefs, deep sea sharks, delicate seahorses and multiple species of fish, bringing these fascinating marine species to the canvas surface for all to enjoy.
This explorative process continues beyond the studio. I joined the ZSL Conservation Programmes team on their field expedition of the River Thames, and was delighted to take that opportunity to contribute to the Citizen Science Programme at ZSL.
Creating a 10-meter mural in the halls of ZSL London Zoo Aquarium was an amazing experience. My public participation artwork was an official part of The Big Draw 2014, the World’s Largest Drawing Festival.
I ensure that my work has a lasting positive impact. A percentage of artwork sales are donated to Project Fish Net, a programme at the Zoological Society of London which protects 27 species of endangered freshwater fish. A bespoke range of artworks, created in direct response to having viewed these rare creatures first hand, will be on display to the public from April until June this year.