"Art and Conservation become increasingly more connected as every year goes by. As we watch one species after another go extinct, it is my belief that wildlife art will play a vital part in the natural histroy archives. We as artists need to record everything we can as a matter of urgency - for I fear much will be lost to us in the near distant futureKaren Laurence-Rowe
On the 23 March 2017 Karen donated a painting named "the last three" (a painting of the last three Northern white rhinos in the world) to Helping Rhinos; this sold at auction for £19,000.
Please see the video below of painting this masterpiece:
Karen Laurence-Rowe was born in Uganda, daughter to a civil engineer. She lived a rather nomadic existence, her childhood years were spent trailing across eastern Africa watching her father carve roads into a land teaming with game and sweeping landscapes. - An Africa virtually unspoiled in the early sixties.
Karen has lived in Africa all her life and currently resides in Kenya where the extraordinary wildlife and landscapes continue to capture her imagination and fill the canvases and surfaces that she works on.
Over the last few years her attention has turned more and more to the conservation of wildlife and endangered species, which her work clearly reflects. Many of her paintings are donated or part donated to conservation groups struggling to cope with poaching and the result of human encroachment into the wild spaces of Africa.
Karen’s most recent conservation cause has been to assist ‘Helping Rhinos in their endeavour to help conservation groups protect rhinos on the ground in Africa. Rhinos are being poached for their horns at a most alarming rate and Karen, Country Matters and Helping Rhinos have collaborated to produce this magnificent collection of art that will help raise funds to protect these magnificent beasts.
Karen’s conservation work has recently earned her the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award in Canada (2015) and the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year in 2012.
Visit their website: https://www.helpingrhinos.org/