The ArtBirds (Artists for Nature Foundation)

Birds have inspired generations of artists to create a vast body of work that reflects their passion for the natural world.  Their efforts help raise awareness about conservation through exhibitions, books and educational projects.  But with increasing pressure on species and habitats from development, agriculture, tourism, hunting, and industrialization, the source of all that inspiration is under threat.

That is why the ArtBirds – a team involved professionally in creating artworks about wildlife and the natural world – are hugely excited about being able to contribute to The Champions of the Flyway project and proud to support bird conservation.  If we can’t identify it, we’ll draw it instantly and check later!  And the art will become part of the fundraising effort!

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Meet the Team

Bruce Pearson

Bruce Pearson

Bruce is an artist and field naturalist who over the past 45 years has worked on a range subjects and themes in the Arctic, Antarctica, West Africa, the Caribbean, and North and South America.  A painting might be completed directly in the field, while volumes of sketches and studies completed as he travels in wild places provide ideas and fresh starting points for developing work in his UK studio.  His paintings and prints have been widely exhibited in the UK and overseas in many group and solo exhibitions, and he has won awards for his work.  His early films for television and the many books he has illustrated or authored have gained him wide recognition.  Although not a twitcher he is a very keen birdwatcher and is excited about being a part of the Artbirds team.

Zev Labinger

Zev’s interest in nature and specifically birds together with art has been an almost lifelong pursuit starting when he was 10 years old. He received his B.Sc. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at the University of California, Davis (1985) and M.Sc. (cum laude) in Zoology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (1991). Over the years, he also has studied art at a variety of institutions and with artists in their studios. Zev has worked as an ecologist for over 30 years. Through his many years of extensive field work, Zev has become intimately involved with the subjects he paints and sculpts mainly birds, wildlife and landscapes. He has exhibited in Israel, Europe and the US, including four-times in the prestigious Birds in Art juried show at the Leigh-Yawkey Woodson Museum. He is one of the initiators of Saving the Dead Sea ANF project and for the past Artists for Nature project entitled “Drawing Inspiration from the Hula Valley”, which included a travelling art exhibit and a full color art book. As an x-twitcher, but still keen birder, he is hoping to relive the thrill of the twitch and rack up a few species during the bird race.

Zev Labinger

Ysbrand Brouwers

Ysbrand Brouwers

Ysbrand is trained as a garden and landscape designer in Boskoop, the Netherlands and at The Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since finishing his education he designed numerous gardens for private families and public works, was and is active in flora-and fauna research on construction locations and in consulting estate owners on their flora- and fauna management. He is the founder and artistic director of Wildlife Art Promotion (WAP, 1978) and the Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF, 1990). As the ANF is very close to his heart, he spends most of his time on this foundation. The objective of WAP is to give more exposure to talented and renowned nature artists. With WAP, Ysbrand organizes yearly exhibitions since 1978. These have taken place in the USA, Canada and many European countries. He is keen birder, photographer, travel and nature guide, art collector, gun dog trainer, gardener and cook, who tries to subsist from the land as much as possible.

Renate Zöller

Human beings and the environment they are living in have always been the focus of Renate’s work as a journalist and author. She listens to people’s stories, tries to understand their motivation, their thoughts, worries and successes and to give a balanced picture in her articles. Renate Zöller travels extensively to gather her stories, especially across Europe. She was born in 1971 in Germany and in the 1990’s studied Central and Eastern European History, German Philology and Slavonic Studies in Cologne (Germany), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Prague (Czech Republic) and is fluent in German, Russian, Czech and English. She lived for 1 ½ years in Moscow and six and a half years in Prague, where she received her journalism degree. Since 2008 she works as a freelance journalist, publishing in various newspapers and magazines like the German Taz, Jüdische Allgemeine, Deutsch Perfekt and others such as the Czech magazine Respekt and for the Czech radio. She has also published several books, her latest Was ist Eigentlich Heimat? (What is the feeling of Home?) from 2015 has received excellent reviews. She is a naturalist and bird lover. Although possibly more interested in the strange behaviors of the participating birders, she is excited to take part in the birding shenanigans.

Renate Zöller