A E London Journal

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015

Raising Funds Through Art

In October 2015, I joined forces with Amy Dickman to host an invitation-only art show in Houston, Texas. Amy has garnered global recognition for her work in Tanzania to protect carnivore populations. Her program works with local Maasai tribesmen to transform their tradition of killing lions as a rite of passage into manhood. Instead, the young Maasai warriors adopt and protect a lion. In 2014, Amy won an award from Britain’s Prince Philip for her work to save more than 200 lions each year through her programs.

The Houston art show was a wonderful opportunity for folks to meet Amy personally and learn about her projects in Africa. My artwork raised more than $37,000 that night, with the funds divided between my Art of Animals organization and Amy’s Ruaha Carnivore project. The proceeds allowed Amy to buy a new, state-of-the-art solar power system for her facility in Tanzania.

The next night, Amy was one of four featured lion researchers at the Houston Zoo’s benefit dinner, which raised funds to help conserve diminishing lion populations.

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Tue, Aug 18th, 2015

U.S. Western Art Tour

Shortly after returning from Africa, Jim and I began our Western art show schedule. We had a very successful tour and hit record sales in Denver, Seattle and Sun Valley, Idaho. Of course, one of the best parts of the trip was getting to visit friends out West and catch up on their lives. Although we had little time to relax, we did get in a few good hikes and saw some great wildlife!

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Fri, Jun 12th, 2015

African Expedition 2015

Jim and I had not been to Africa in the months of May or June for several years, so we decided to see Victoria Falls in high water and experience the wet season, rather than do our typical visit during the dry season in November.

Although Cape Town was less crowded, the lush green vegetation made it much harder to spot wildlife, and the animals were much more spread out, since water and food were abundant everywhere.

We had gotten used to being warm all day, and the mornings this time of year were definitely cold. Hot water bottles in our beds sure helped!

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Mon, Apr 6th, 2015

Easter: An American Panther story

I surprised Jim this morning with a secret project I’d been working on. This is his Facebook entry from today:

“This morning I got up to a wonderful surprise Easter present from Anne. The panther I saw while we were hiking in Florida a few weeks ago was transformed into a beautiful 3’ x 6’ piece of art. I was so proud and pleased!

Anne often commissions paintings from photos of African or North American wildlife that folks have had a special experience with and want to remember. She’s done many lions, leopards, cheetahs and bears for folks all over the world. I thought I understood the special connection and emotion these pieces afforded her clients.

But, until you look up and see Anne's rendition of a once-in-a-lifetime moment seared into your own memory, you cannot appreciate that beautiful, micro-moment of reconnecting with nature; the focus and elation you feel when you first see it each morning.

Now I get it! This was a wonderful surprise to have Anne create that experience just for me -- and to enjoy forever!"

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Thu, Feb 26th, 2015

Warm, Finally! Coconut Grove and Naples shows

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Thu, Feb 5th, 2015

Houston Painted Dog Benefit

Jim and I were invited to a wonderful dinner to benefit African wild dogs in Houston, Texas. Dr. Greg Rasmussen is quite a character and one of the most well-known advocates and researchers of the so-called painted dogs.

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Sun, Oct 26th, 2014

2014 African Adventure

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Wed, Oct 8th, 2014

Our first protest demonstration

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