WILDLIFE ARTIST LENDS HER BRUSH TO TIGER CONSERVATION
Save The Tiger Fund
By: Brian Gratwicke
When Francesca Owens heard about the current upsurge in trafficking of tiger
parts that has lead to the disappearance of tigers from many Indian tiger
reserves and other tiger range countries she decided to take action the way
she knows best, with her brush.
She listened carefully to the key messages of the Campaign Against Tiger
Trafficking and saw the images released with the press kit, and conducted
research of her own, speaking with tiger researchers as far afield as Russia,
then began a series of paintings to express and share her emotional journey
through the sordid business of tiger trafficking.
Her first set of paintings was inspired from a gruesome photo from WildAid
Thailand of a tiger cut in half to be smuggled to traditional Asian medicine
markets, and it is appropriately called “Did I die in vain”? The series
explores traditional Asian medicine, smuggling, tiger farming, poaching, the
concept of wilderness, and organized crime.
This series is sobering, and emotionally exhausting but ends with a message of
hope rendered from a photograph taken by Wildlife Conservation Society
biologist John Goodrich of tigress that had been rescued from a snare in the
woods of the Russian Far East. Francesca was inspired by an extraordinary
picture of this spirited animal literally ‘exploding’ to freedom from the
back of a Land Rover and aptly titled it ‘release’.
See more from this series at www.francescaowens.com
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