Passage of Promise by Guy Combes

Guy Combes, elephants, wildlife

Passage of Promise

Passage of Promise: Amboseli elephant herds, with Kilimanjaro in the background.

Proceeds from the sale of each of these prints go to Amboseli Trust for Elephants. ATE’s research arm, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, has made many important contributions to elephant research over the years. The knowledge gained from the AERP team has profoundly altered the way we think about, conserve and manage elephant populations. Our research has highlighted the ethical implications of dealing with sentient, long-lived, intelligent and social complex animals and our knowledge base provides powerful and authoritative support to elephant conservation and advocacy campaigns worldwide. For more than four decades AERP’s presence has helped ensure the survival of the elephants as well as the Amboseli ecosystem.

AERP research covers many areas including: social organization, behavior, demography, ecological dynamics, spatial analyses and mapping, communication, genetics, human-elephant interactions and cognition. Our long-term datasets underpin all these research topics.

The Amboseli Trust for Elephants was started by Cynthia Moss, an American who is well known in the conservation world for coordinating groundbreaking research into elephant communication, intelligence and social behaviour. Now the organization coordinates outreach to educate local communities, monitors poaching crime, and runs research programs in the greater Amboseli area. This an area in Kenya, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, where elephants congregate in high numbers. A recent continental elephant census has revealed that elephant numbers have fallen more dramatically in the last five years than ever before in history, which makes the work the folks are doing at ATE more important than ever.

About the Artist, Guy Combes

Artist Guy Combes

Artist Guy Combes

Guy Combes (AFC, SAA) was born in Kenya in 1971, the son of renowned wildlife artist, Simon Combes. His art background came not just from his father, but an interest in exploring different forms of media and commercial application.  His education included sculpture and design at college in England where he also majored in history of art.  He returned to Kenya in 2001 and quickly rekindled his love for Africa and her wildlife, becoming involved in a number of conservation causes for which he now tirelessly campaigns, including Soysambu Conservancy – his Kenyan home-away-from-home – and preserving the rich mosaic of biodiversity in the Great Rift Valley.

In 2011 he completed five years as Artist in Residence at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in New Jersey and this gave him the opportunity to reach an American audience, not only with his art, but also his experience of Africa.   He is a signature member of both Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, and his work has been both awarded and accepted into national museum shows, galleries and tours.  He regularly revisits Kenya where he leads expeditions for artists and groups of conservation biology students from the US.  He has lectured at zoos and universities on the East Coast including Yale and George Mason, with whom he has set up research programs at a facility he helped develop at Soysambu Conservancy, and now regularly gives art workshops in Canada, the US and England.

America is where he has found his niche, and the future for Guy will involve his time being spent working on artistic projects that bring awareness to international audiences, while developing his own field knowledge on the ground in Kenya in order to inform himself and the people he is so passionate about showing it to.

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The Art of Roger Arndt

Quiet Blue by Roger Arndt

Quiet Blue by Roger Arndt

Roger Arndt’s hallmark scenes of towering Rocky Mountains, western forests, Pacific shores and gardens have captured the attention of fine art collectors world wide. His work is distinguished by a luminous and mystical quality that stirs inspiration in all who see his work.

Roger Arndt began to see the world through an artistic eye at the age of twelve, when he set out on his journey into the world of fine art.  In the early 1970’s, at the age of fourteen, Roger became inspired by the art of Loren D. Adams, Jr., a well-known seascape artist who was working out of Vancouver’s Granville Island district. Roger became an apprentice to Adams and through careful observation, and Adams’ mentoring, Roger nurtured his own talent. He learned how to put paint on canvas and express his vision through his brushes.

Roger Arndt, Landscapes, Canadian Art

The Summer Island

In those early years, the artist focused mainly on seascapes while his talent blossomed and grew. In his late teen years, Arndt discovered his love for the Rocky Mountains. He spent several months each year exploring Alberta’s Lake Louise, Jasper, and Athabasca regions, hiking and camping at the base of towering mountains and ancient glaciers. Roger Arndt  was moved by the power and majesty of the mountains. His soul inspired, he began to paint these vast and glorious monuments. He also become fascinated with west coast Haida totems. He wanted to add structure to his paintings, and after studying the history of totems at the University of British Columbia, he began to incorporate them into his ocean paintings.

The Painting Process of Roger Arndt

Roger is a smooth brush oil painter who utilizes a centuries-old Flemish technique that was

Roger Arndt, Canadian Art, landscapes

Mt. Robson (front)

once practised by European Masters. Preparation of an oil painting is a laborious one. First, a panel is coated with many layers of oil primer, then hand-sanded to achieve a surface that is as smooth as glass. Arndt  moves on to create an image in conceptual drawings, conceived from his own photos, sketches, memory and imagination.  Before starting the formal painting process, Roger prepares a scaled down, loosely painted oil study to test composition and colour elements.

His attention to detail is paramount, from the time he conceptualizes the image in his mind and prepares his boards, to the finishing and framing of the completed piece. A Roger Arndt painting is a timeless work of art that marries the breathtaking subject matter of Canada’s West with fine craftsmanship and quality.

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“Trouble” by Bonnie Marris

Wolf art, Trouble, Bonnie Marris

Trouble by Bonnie Marris

Trouble – Winner of the 2016 Masters of the American West Patrons’ Choice Award

In a family where Dad can strike instant regret with just his glare, this child knows it’s in big trouble. Mom is very satisfied to take a break and watch the fireworks.

A Bonnie Marris canvas is a private moment with the untamed, an intimate glimpse of the elusive side of the wilderness. And to many, the wolf personifies a wilderness complete. Without it there, there is no balance. For Bonnie, getting into a natural environment and seeing the animals on their own terms is as important as knowing the animals themselves.

In Marris’ Fine Art Edition Giclée Canvas “Trouble”, it is easy to see that passion for her subject is only eclipsed by her mastery of the elements of colour, composition, light and emotion. Artist, subject and art each aligned in magnificent perfection.

About the Artist, Bonnie Marris

Artist Bonnie Marris, wildlife, wolves

Bonnie Marris

Beyond academic training and emotional involvement, art requires another element for which there is no substitute: experience. Each year, Bonnie makes two major trips, and countless smaller ones, to observe and learn about the wildlife she loves. In 1980, one such voyage took her to Alaska, where she lived in the wilderness for six months.

In the artists words:  “For instance, gray wolves on the tundra—the vast, vast tundra with the wind and other forces of nature at their most extreme—that’s what makes them what they are. To stand not far from a grizzly that is so overpowering, so beautiful and so large . . . to watch it pull up a small tree with a swipe of its paw and just a few minutes later see it delicately picking blueberries with its black lips. . . Alaska changed me; it gave me the biggest incentive to paint and increased my interest in the predators: the cats, bears, coyotes, wolves and foxes. They exist on so many levels. Their moods show in their eyes and we can learn so much from them.”

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A Prayer For My Brother by William S. Phillips (9/11 Tribute)

Murray Phillips, 9/11, World Trade Center

A Prayer For My Brother

Fifteen years ago the attack on the World Trade Center heightened our awareness of many important things but it was the first responders’ selfless commitment to saving the lives of others, at risk to their own, that stood apart. Their actions drove home to the country at large that first responders live and work in every community with the same, but often unrecognized, commitment. William S. Phillips is intimately familiar with this level of dedication; he was a firefighter before he became an artist. The events on 9/11 shook him to his core.

“You become a firefighter because you are driven by a sense of community and purpose,” Phillips relates. “Firefighters always have, and always will be, walking into that burning building looking to save lives.”

Bill’s approach to “A Prayer for My Brother” was that of a fellow firefighter from Oregon paying homage not only to those that died in service in New York City, but to firefighters throughout America, He wanted this work to commemorate and support firefighters nationwide.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Since its initial release, “A Prayer for My Brother” has provided funds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation ( in fulfillment of that goal. The organization’s mission is to honour and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.

“The self sacrifice continues in every corner of this country and beyond,” says Phillips.”Some of those men and women rushing into buildings today may have been only a child when 9/11 occurred. Still, it is the same spirit of community and purpose that drives these firefighters today as it did that fateful day in New York City ten years ago.”

When “A Prayer for My Brother” was released, no one was sure what the reaction to the image would be. Phillips’ art not only embraced by the firefighting community, but by the communities in which those firefighters lived. Galleries and individual citizens from across North America purchased and donated the image to local firehouses. Some organized fund-raisers, auctioning off the privilege of donating the image to the local firehouse to raise funds for that town’s first response needs.

If you are looking for a way to honour the sacrifice and loss through art, we encourage you to take the opportunity to let your local firefighters know you are a community that recognizes their commitment to the well being and safety of others by presenting them with a print or canvas of William S. Phillips’ “A Prayer for My Brother.

About William S. Phillips

artist william phillips

William S. Phillips

“Aviation was my first artistic love,” says William S. Phillips, “but my true, enduring love remains my Christian faith, home and family. So it is my pleasure to combine all of it in my work. The historical aviation subjects, I research; the contemporary and nostalgic subjects, I live.”  Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology, and he had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter.

Bill Phillips is now the aviation artist of choice for many American heroes and the nostalgic landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill’s strengths as a landscape painter are what gave him an edge in the aviation field: respect and reverence for a time and place. When one sees his aviation pieces, thoughts are about the courageous individuals who risked their lives for our freedom. In Bill’s nostalgic works, the viewer understands fully what that freedom is . . . the precious values that make life worth living.

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Fishing for Mermaids by James C. Christensen

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” – David Lynch

mermaids, boat, fishing, fantasy art

Fishing For Mermaids by James Christensen

Fishing For Mermaids

Where do you fish for ideas? When you’re idea-fishing with artist James C. Christensen, you’re baiting your hook for something magical. And what’s more magical than a mermaid? Now, there’s an idea!

“Ideas aren’t conjured up on demand,” says the artist. “The quest for the next fun idea requires patience. But that patience is truly rewarded when—Eureka!—the excitement of the fresh idea arrives.”

In “Fishing for Mermaids,” Christensen muses on the creative process of finding ideas. Our fisherman is William Shakespeare, and he’s fishing for a muse in the form of a mermaid. He’s come prepared, and knows that using a hand mirror as a lure will appeal to the vanity of a mermaid, bringing his catch to the surface so he can get a closer look. For the moment, he sits patiently, knowing his catch will be well worth the wait.

Much like Shakespeare’s mirror, James C. Christensen’s “Fishing for Mermaids” is your invitation to a world of imagination and the infinite possibilities of ideas…

About James C. Christensen

Artist James C. Christensen

Artist James C. Christensen

Inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen wants his work to add up to more than a beautiful–if sometimes ‘curious’ looking work of art.  Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he likes to think of the world as his classroom.  His hope is that through whatever he creates–be it a porcelain, fine art print or book–he can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh.  He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to sooth the stresses of everyday life–or get a little lift to help us keep going.  In short:  all things are possible when you share Christensen’s philosophy that “Believing is Seeing.”

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Photography by Olympic Gold Medalist Lori-Ann Muenzer

“I believe in following ALL of your dreams, regardless of your age” – Lori-Ann Muenzer, during an interview with Ron McLean at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Lori-Ann Muenzer celebrates her gold medal win for sprint cycling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning Canada's first-ever gold medal in cycling (photo by Tom Hanson, courtesy CP Archives).

Lori-Ann Muenzer celebrates her gold medal win for sprint cycling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning Canada’s first-ever gold medal in cycling (photo by Tom Hanson, courtesy CP Archives).

Gold Medalist Lori-Ann Muenzer

One of Canada’s top performers at the 2004 Olympic Games, Lori-Ann Muenzer captured a gold medal in Athens at the age of 38, with her outstanding performance in the women’s Match Sprint finals. With her Olympic victory, Muenzer became the first Canadian to bring home a gold medal in cycling.

At age 38, Lori-Ann Muenzer was the oldest cyclist in the Olympic field at Athens, publicly claiming that her age made her both stronger and wiser. After defeating Anna Meares of Australia, she was pitted against 21-year-old Russian Tamilla Abassova in the finals for the gold medal. Muenzer overtook Abassova late in the first race, and the two raced closely in the second at a speed of just more than 59 km/h, with Muenzer finishing first.

Apart from reaching the top of the podium in Athens, Muenzer has captured several medals on the international stage including two silver and two bronze at the World Track Cycling Championships and a total of one silver and two bronze at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. She made her Olympic debut for Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

A resident of Edmonton for almost 17 years, Muenzer has also accumulated an outstanding 13 National titles and 11 World Cup medals throughout the course of her career.

Muenzer has received honours to date from being named the 2004 Canadian Press & Broadcast News’ Female Athlete of the Year, induction into both the Alberta and Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, and to receiving the 2005 Tribute to Women of Distinction “Honourable Lois E. Hole Award for Lifetime Achievement” by the YWCA. Muenzer has interests including a cycling program she is starting up for kids, also in public speaking and earning a Diploma in Photography.

Photography by Lori-Ann Muenzer:


Steens Track Bike by Lori-Ann Muenzer

Steen’s Track Bike

“My bike had been shipped off to France to be repainted in Canadian colours, so in the meantime Steen Madsen (my coach, training partner, and friend) lent me one of his bikes.

I wanted to capture a different perspective of a track bike but I still wanted to make it recognizable to everyone.

A track bicycle is different from a road or a mountain bike:  it has no brakes, only one gear (so you can not stop pedaling and coast!), and you have toe straps which “lock” you into your pedals making it almost impossible to come out of when training or racing.”

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