I am excited to let you know that soon the crowdfunding will be launched for the Golden Dolphin, Rainbow Turtle!
It's been nearly two years now with a lot of work done.
Soon, you can be a part of making this book a reality.
Featuring the very best in art illustrations by author & illustrator Jhana Bowen.
Rich in symbology, jam packed with uplifting, inspiring imagery, depicting humanity's return to balance, with nature and all species. Eloquently demonstrating how change is begins with a shift in consciousness.
I am grateful that what gives my joy and fulfils my heart, painting, has helped to raise money for our friends in Nepal who have experienced numerous earthquakes and many tragedies including displacement, loss, injuries and death. We raised for them, $8000 at our recent Nepal Earthquake Benefit. I am so happy it was a such a huge success. The event, was held at Art Obsessions Gallery where we had Tibetan Scholar and former monk Lobsang Samten open the event.
Working on the event with organising, media relations, Facebook posting and liaising with various people helped to create a wonderful result.
Thank you to everyone involved; David and Jordan from Art Obsessions, Nancy Porten from Changing Lives Nepal, Lobsang Samten, Colleen Akiko from Essential Wellbeing, Chris from Solar Wind Works, David Norton for your painting, Stacey from the Painted Vine, Mark from Truckee Local Chiropractic, Aaron from Bluestone Gallery, Drew from Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, Evan from SBS Media House and Billy from New Moon Natural Foods and to all the other amazing people who shared their love and contributed in so many different ways. We love you all!
Before leaving Australia I decided to travel and create a picture book with my artwork. But before I left I organised a raffle for a wooden art surfboard I co-created with my friend David from Sea Dragon Surfboards. David lovingly shaped this insanely beautiful, hollow wooden surfboard pictured above. It was exceptional and crafted out of a timber known as Palownia, chosen for it's durability in marine conditions. I met David one day at a chocolate ceremony (a story in itself) and we got talking about turtles and their relevance in our lives as well as chatting about our love for the earth and oceans. I told him I was painting a wooden surfboard to raise funds for the Great Barrier Reef threatened by development and a gig I had to speak at the National Whale Day. David was excited to support and decided to donate one of his handcrafted wooden surfboards.
After picking up the board from him in Byron Bay, I decided that the best way to maximise the finished look of my art on the surfboard was to have it printed and then glassed inside the board. I contacted my friend Steve Webb from Insight Image who kindly printed the artwork at a reduced cost as he knew it was for fundraising towards Sea Shepherd.
When the board was glassed in eco-resin with a old school plug, me and David picked it up and celebrated our co-creation over dinner.
I then co-ordinated with friends who were volunteers for Sea Shepherd and local environmental activist groups to help in raising funds for Sea Shepherd by raffling the board.
At the National Whale Day Festival on Australia's Gold Coast I talked about the state of the environment and encouraged people to buy raffle tickets for the surfboard to help Sea Shepherd's ocean conservation efforts.With the help of Patagonia who kindly displayed the surfboard in their Gold Coast's Burleigh Heads store in Australia, we raised around $700. Everyone involved was grateful to give one lucky winner an epic surfboard and countless entrants the ability to support the brilliant and tireless work of Sea Shepherd's ocean conservation efforts.
Sea Shepherd representative Mollie Cox asked me to speak at a Shark Rally at Burleigh Heads on Australia's Gold Coast as the co-founder of Turtle Conservation Project. The Shark Rally focused on the government policy on culling the shark population in Western Australia with laws still in place to keep shark nets on the Gold Coast that routinely kill whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and sharks. As large numbers of marine life die many organisations have been pushing to change current laws. Awareness is being raised to show that sharks are less of a danger to humans as mainstream media assumes. A large turnout of support from the Gold Coast community and a strong media presence is inspiring people to protect our critically endangered sharks and our sensitive environment.
The amazing students from Kirra Hill Art Group, hosted by OnTrack are having a show to celebrate everything they have done. As the group has come to a close. Exhibition will be on Kirra Hill as of 9.30 am, Monday 15th of April to 5pm Sunday 25th of April.
Check more about it out on the Creating Connections Website