Over the past 12 months or so I have been photographing the wonderful Tasmanian wildlife art of Hazel Howie. As well as being a tremendously talented painter Howie is also a passionate advocate for animal rights. Her artwork is intended to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation through her involvement in many animal welfare organisations.
Hazel Howie is a self taught wildlife and pet portrait artist. Hazel lives in Tasmania and is an animal rights activist on the committee of Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (AACT) Inc and a wildlife rescuer with Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary’s Friends of Carers (FOC).
Hazel is a signatory member of the prestigious Artists For Conservation (AFC). She is also an exhibiting member of Queensland Wildlife Art Society Inc. (QWASI), Australian Wildlife Art Society (AWAS) and the Huon Art Exhibition Group (HAEG) and she regularly donates paintings and pet portrait gift vouchers to animal organisations such as Free The Bears, The Orang-utan Project and Brightside Farm Sanctuary for their fund raising events.
In 2007 Hazel had a successful solo exhibition at Hobart’s ‘Strickland Gallery’ and donated all proceeds to Animals Asia and the RSPCA.
In 2013 Hazel’s painting ‘Mother and Son’ won best oil/acrylic painting at the ‘On The Edge’ art exhibition, and her painting ‘The Early Bird’ won the People’s Choice award at the ‘Watermark’ exhibition.
“I hope my art can not only bring awareness of the plight of animals all around the world,” Hazel says, “but also raise much needed funds for animals agencies.”
To see more of Hazel’s art go to http://www.natureartists.com/
If you are an artist and would like your work photographed please contact me. I will supply a high resolution digital file which you can use for printing or any other purpose. I will also resize and supply a lo-res image for internet/email use.
Some of Hazel’s work will be on display at the Kingborough Lions Club Art Exhibition from 3rd May to 11th May (Kingston Beach Hall). Make sure you drop in!