Conservation Optimism is an organisation devoted to sharing positive conservation success stories, in the hope of encouraging more people to get involved in enjoying and protecting nature. I was lucky enough to take part in their Good Natured Film Festival and virtual exhibition on Friday 29th May 2020.
I produced a series of illustrations of the Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus), Pine Marten (Martes martes), and Honeybees (Apis spp.) and Bumblebees (Bombus spp.) as part of a portfolio of animals which are conservation success stories. I also used some of my photos, a Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea), Curlew (Numenius arquata), and Skylark (Alauda arvensis), as an alternative medium for showcasing animal species which are threatened, but part of successful conservation initiatives.
I had a lot of fun working on the pieces for Conservation Optimism, and I feel very fortunate to have my work showcased virtually alongside other talented illustrators, artists, and photographers.
You can view the online exhibition here: https://conservationoptimism.org/virtual-exhibition/