Horns of Change Exhibition
About the exhibition
These are stand alone pieces but ultimately a story about cattle and wildlife navigating a changing landscape.
The traditional pastoralist way of life, sharing space and resources with wildlife has been compromised by a growing population with increasingly complex consumption habits. The growing demand for beef coupled with changing land use systems is resulting in more cattle seeking pasture in smaller areas, land degradation and conflict with wildlife and wild spaces.
Improved beef genetics and managed regenerative grazing practices in wilderness areas have numerous social, economic and environmental benefits but are not without challenges including disease, human wildlife conflicts, predation and land use opposition and crisis.
Conservation efforts when viewed on a landscape level gives perspective to the enormity of the challenges that are faced.
These paintings are my own interpretation of these challenges.
About the artist
Virtually self-taught, Annick started off tentatively with small pencil sketches before boldly progressing to soft pastels and large pieces of work and has been quietly developing her distinctive style over the last four years. She now uses a mix of mediums, primarily ink, soft and oil pastels, water color, acrylic and spray paint on both paper and canvas.
Born and bought up in Kenya, animals are her great love along with giving back to conservation. Both professionally and personally, these have become her life’s passion.
In 2021, after 18 years of working in the tourism industry, Annick decided to take her art to the next level and make it her profession. She now sells original artworks of animal portraits (wild and domestic) and designs easy, fun merchandise for retail. Her exhibition pieces focus on the ever-challenging conservation landscape.
Annick’s company name, The Drawing Donkey is a small nod of appreciation to her artist mentor, the fantastically talented Timothy Brooke who introduced her to the bench easel fondly referred to as the ‘drawing donkey’.
Currently living in Kenya, Annick shares her life with her dogs and seeks out the magic of wide, wild, open spaces as often as possible.
I am fortunate to have been born to parents who loved adventure. Much of my childhood was spent wild camping around East Africa. A deep appreciation of wildlife and wild spaces was inevitable. In my role as Tourism Manager for a private conservancy in Laikipia, storytelling around critical conservation efforts was essential for an authentic and lasting visitor experience. As an artist, I wanted to continue sharing the conservation story by visually exploring how changing land-use patterns and consumption habits are impacting the landscape.
Preview of Works
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