For those in the know, the narrative for wildlife has never looked so bleak. It is time that art reflected that.
I was already a decade into my career as a wildlife artist before I asked myself the question, “is wildlife art really working for wildlife?”
I was no longer feeling satisfied with the work I was producing. I was happy with my skill, but I felt that my drawings had little meaning. if anything they were only helping to pedal a false narrative about the health of our planet's wildlife. When over ninety percent of all rhinos disappear in just one human lifetime, for no other reason than to give some wealthy people a false sense of virility and status, shouldn’t we perhaps be focusing more on that detail?