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WRD 2021 Art Gallery

Sandra Jelovac

Sandra Jelovac

@MajoliCAT

Since I live in Europe, rainforest to me was always something far and magical. A place bursting with life, a place where adventures happen.

Nature is my biggest inspiration and the rainforests are one of the last bits of true wilderness. That’s why I find it so important to protect them and their beautiful inhabitants.

Marsha Bakko

Marsha Bakko

@marshabakko

“Jungle Love”. To me the rainforest is one of the natural wonders of the World and we must keep it alive to survive and thrive.

Meliza de Vries

Meliza de Vries

@Melizadevries_illustraties

'' I was born near the rainforest in Sri Lanka. When I go back and visit the country I always go to this place with the beautiful plants, trees and wild elephants.

Besides the fact that the rainforest is one of the most important ecosystems, it is so gorgeous I cannot imagine a world without it."

Kristina

Kristina

@nomen_est_omen__

Dramatic? Yess!

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves an to one another." M. Gandhi

When we lose rainforests, we lose an important natural resource.

I hope we don't let that happen.

Heno Pauline

Heno Pauline

@pilaune_

We all prefer a tropical forest with many species to a concrete jungle. It seems so far away that we close our eyes. We feel invulnerable to nature's cry of despair. There is still time to act and to take responsibility because we can all work for a healthier future.

Arte Pragya

Arte Pragya

@arte_pragya

My paintings reflect the inner turmoil and pain that I feel for ‘Adivasis’, (people dwelling in forests). The race for globalization has neglected these incredible people who are striving for their ancestral heritage to co-exist and whose constant endeavor is to protect their culture and tradition.

For me, rainforests in India and across the world are not just a place to witness varied flora and fauna, but I see it as a place full of life, music, positivity and celebration of existence and survival.

While several Adivasi Communities across the globe have been frequently wiped off in the past 10 years, which itself displays threat to entire humanity. Here, several others are on the verge of extinction.

Their life would have no meaning to humanity if we couldn’t preserve their habitat which they conserved for us for years and years.

I see ‘Rainforests’ as a happy and thoughtful place and the same is depicted in my paintings. You can witness beats of natural music, chirping sound of birds; happy faces and dancing feet in my artworks which gives life and real meaning to rainforests esp. in India.


Jane Sankey

Jane Sankey

@artist_janesankey

All three of these animals can be found in Australia’s renowned Daintree rainforest and represent just a minute proportion of life these precious forests support.

The cassowary in particular is listed as “endangered” and is under increasing threat due to the loss of habitat. This is just one example of where the rainforests play such an important role in protecting an endangered species.

The Daintree rainforest is the world’s oldest rainforest and is so structurally complex that it cannot be replicated, hence conservation against development and human intervention is so important. It has been World Heritage-listed since 1988 as it has the largest number of fauna and flora species that are rare or endangered. We have a huge responsibility to raise awareness around climate change and overdevelopment if we are to preserve these amazing ecosystems.

Aureja Raudone

Aureja Raudone

@aurejaart

I have never been to the Rainforest but I painted it from my imagination. I imagine it wet, green with a little bit of blue. Full of energy and aromatherapy power to our lungs, minds, and soul. The sound of exotic birds and other hiding wildlife. Moving, energetic but peaceful place on earth. My kind of paradise. The source of vitality.

I felt that watercolors reflect these thoughts perfectly. I hope my illustration will drive you there and you will feel warm drops of rain and tickling grass under your feet. Just breath in...and breath out... Namaste!

Katharina Schoenefeld

 Katharina Schoenefeld

@brombeer.wal

Rainforests absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air. Besides that, tropical rainforests are known for their unique biodiversity. It is estimated that half of the world's plants and animals are found in them.

That shows they play a key role in reducing the greenhouse effect, fighting climate change and stopping species extinction.

I hope I can raise awareness with my art, to motivate people to get informed and do whatever they can do. I want to show the beauty of the rainforests on the one side and transport a message (the green lungs we need to breathe) on the other side.

Carolyn Delzoppo

 Carolyn Delzoppo

@carolyn_delzoppo_art

Rainforest

Pencil drawing on monoprint collage.

42x44cm

Patterns of lush foliage and chinks of light filtering through the overhead canopy - the rainforest is simultaneously beautiful, mysterious and overwhelming.  I have tried to capture some of those qualities in this drawing.  The world's rainforest are an immensely valuable and precious living organism that must be respected and protected.

Olena Mynenko

Olena Mynenko

African Fairytales

1. 120cm x 60cm

2. Dyptich 120cm x 120cm

Ink painting on wood tablets with gold foil embossing.

See the following descriptions for my artworks:

“Like any city person, my first acquaintance with the jungle happened a really long time ago in some flower shop. I was amazed by the endless fantasy of forms and the generosity of colors that exists in nature, it gives a feeling of a fairy tale and of endless happiness somewhere very far away.

But the reality acts like a slap in the face. The real rainforest struck me first of all with its drama and grandeur and the complete indifference to my presence there.

It was a mature and dramatic performance of beauty and  tragedy, birth and death, besides, it is absolutely not intended for the viewer. Moreover, the viewer himself runs the risk of disappearing forever inside this theater with the play of some gorgeous predator.

Everything that grows there I had previously seen only combed or trimmed in botanical gardens, appeared before me in all its authentic original forms, gigantic and deformed, broken at my feet, blooming and withered or just sprouted again. Very bold and without makeup for our wretched human representation of the beautiful.

The next moment comes an understanding of the timelessness of the rainforest’s performance, it seems that exactly the same drama was even a million years ago.

Unfortunately, I do not think that someday a human being will be able to realize all the power and strength and greatness of Nature.

Let's just be the caring and careful viewers in this theater.”

Anna

Anna

@enchantment_and_wonders

"Rainforests have always filled me with a sense of enchantment and wonder.

I have created this piece using wool, and needle felting.

I find it so incredible that the rainforests only cover 6% of the planet, yet they are home to more than half of the world's animal and plant species. Some rainforests have existed for more than 70 million years, making them the oldest ecosystems on our planet. Protecting our endangered ecosystems is of paramount importance."

Heidi E. Keyes

 Heidi E. Keyes

@insidetheidea.arts

I see all of the attributes of the rainforest as essential life-giving and preserving.  They give intelligent instruction to life, such as animals mammals reptiles all of the species can educate and provide solutions for the problems that man has created in the world.  My point of view is a spiritual point of view, somewhat shamanistic, about how animals have enormous input into our well-being. And how they truly are man's best friends. The rainforest is integral to man's survival.  Intuitively and feel the voices and words of animals speaking through my canvases.

Interstellar is particularly of interest as it deals with the chaotic frequencies emitted into society through Trump. The bat has ended that by creating a virus which we have to fight by putting masks on our faces and not talking to each other, letting the chaotic vibrations and frequencies dissipate out of society.

The lesson is that we do not have him back.

Delta is all about the animals telling the humans to restrict their childbearing to one person per couple to protect the earth.

Faith Moli

Faith Moli

@faith_moli

The rainforest is the face of mother nature. In her beauty lies peace, growth and wellness. Releasing oxygen, while absorbing carbon dioxide, keeping our planet healthy and stabilizing her climate, the importance of the rainforest to me, cannot be overemphasized.

This painting shows a burning page of an illustrated forest. I want my artwork to enlighten people on the dangers of deforestation. If we continue at this rate, in about a hundred years, earth would lose her remaining forests and it will be less accommodating for generations to come.

Alice Salmaso

Alice Salmaso

@green.jackalope

"When we think about Rainforests, we think at first about trees, the precious environment that exists under those branches and the flora and fauna which lives in those amazing territories. We think about tribal people, amazing cultures who live in peace and serenity with nature.

But we rarely think about forest destruction, at first. It always comes as a second thought, but it's related.

Most of us know already what is going on, but it's just a thought which goes away really fast.

It goes away like all those hectares of land used for unsustainable oil palm cultivations. And It's so frustrating to achieve that all those plants, animals and humans are at risk because of some of us.

Some of us may be thinking "there are other problems to think about". And there are a lot of problems indeed, but we can't just ignore how Rainforest is necessary for us. In my country, we call Rainforests "polmone verde", which means "green lungs", because they are the biggest oxygen reserves of the whole planet. So it's pretty important to understand that Rainforests helps us to live.

And not just us, but all those animals and humans that live in it.

That's why I decided to represent a Yellow-crowned Amazon parrot. This cute little one is one of the most common pet parrots we can find, pretty intelligent and fun to play with. But not everyone knows that this same species lives in Rainforests as well. So, while we play with our pet, feed it and cuddle it, another one in Amazon, is losing its home.

I hope that this crying little one reminds us to all those creatures loosing their homes because of palm oil.

Fortunately, we can do something for helping those creatures on daily basis, even if we can't donate for awareness. Always make sure of the palm oil origin, it can save lives.

Thank you for reading this, hope I helped spread awareness.

Alice Salmaso (green.jackalope)."

Maria Horvathova

Maria Horvathova

@horvathova.maria_art_

Details of the painting

Title: The giants

Size: 40x50 cm

Medium: oil on natural canvas

The giants

Rainforests are essentially a gallery superstructure supported by trees. Each tree creates a framework for other plants and animals to live on and within . Giant trees emerge from the top of the canopy. Their root systems tend to be shallow, and so the trunks require extra support from buttresses. These are provided with roots that grow above ground and extend upwards and outwards from the trunk as thin flanges. Unlike temperate trees, rainforest trees can grow all year round, and so they can take 60 years to reach maturity. Even then, a tree will not flower and produce fruit every year, rationing itself to every three to ten years, perhaps taking turns with other trees to use the services of animal pollinators and dispersers.

In the grand scheme of the universe, trees and the wood they produce, along with living organisms  are extremely rare. They are much harder to find compared to diamonds, even though we as people tend to see diamonds as more valuable. This I find confusing  and overwhelming as I feel that trees are very undermined in today's world and society.

Astronomy can strongly emphasize awareness and make people mindful of our environment, just by realizing how unique and fragile our planet is.

Sara Ko

Sara Ko

@ibukoart

"This peaceful snake enjoying the beautiful, lush environment of the rainforest calmly reminds us to do the same. To breathe in the clean air and treasure the colorful gifts of this special place."

Joyce Hoeven

Joyce Hoeven

@joycehvn

The reason why the rainforest matters to me is because it keeps us breathing, it keeps animals as well as the earth breathing. With every tree removed, nutrients disappear or will be washed away because there are no more trees left to protect the soil and grounds of the heavy rainfall. Which means the regrowth of the rainforest disappears with it. We are killing the home of Indigenous people who have been living as one with the rainforest taking, but also giving back the proper amount to keep the rainforest thriving. We are killing the homes of millions of species of plants and animals. This means we are killing the home of half of our Earth's Wildlife and even more of its plant species.

If we continue destroying our rainforests so we can have products that we don't even necessarily need, we will not only take away the beauty, the Wildlife and Flora and Fauna of the rainforests but in the long run, we are taking away our own lives as well.

I hope people can look at my artwork and see the beauty of the rainforest in its full glory. Displayed in the background, we get to enjoy it from a distance. Respecting it and appreciating it. The way it's supposed to be. No one wants to see this same image 20 years later with only a rock remaining and all the greens is gone.

Katherine Toms

Katherine Toms

@katherinetomsdesign

My artwork ‘Birds and Bees’ features endangered and threatened species of bird and bumblebees that are in a lush green environment filled with plants and trees. This piece of art demonstrates where I would love to see change. Instead of football pitch sizes of rainforest being destroyed every minute, I want to see football pitch sizes of trees planted every minute, so we can allow nature to flourish and be at peace. To create a positive change you must be able to believe and see a future and then take small steps every day into realizing it. Hopefully, my piece of artwork allows someone to see this idea of the future and inspires them so that one day this vision be achieved and that rainforests can thrive.

Kathleen Burns

 Kathleen Burns

@Kb.illustrates

After doing some research, I found out that rainforests include most places “with trees that get a significant amount of rainfall.” Did you know the forests found in the Pacific Northwest are considered rainforests? I had no idea!

Pictured here are species found in the PNW (and the background is loosely based on the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada just north of Washington): the Gray Wolf, the rare Kermode Bear, the Barn Swallow, Anna’s Hummingbird, and a Bass fish.

Kim Noyce

 Kim Noyce

@kim.noyce

“The rainforest is important to me because I feel such a deep connection to it.  Perhaps this is linked to my aboriginal ancestry.  I always feel her calling my name, and when I visit there I feel like I’m truly home.  I would love people, and especially children to feel that wonderful sense of enchantment that I always feel when I hike her beautiful trails. “

Mavis Halliday

Mavis Halliday

@lovemavis_

Whenever I think of the rainforest, I think of life, beauty and how we're all connected. This is what I tried to convey with my painting and especially the choice of colors.

I love the richness of the rainforest, from the variety of medicinal plants to organisms and microorganisms. Just the sight of it humbles and inspires me and whether we're aware of it or not, the rainforests are important to all of us.

Lu Kepler

Lu Kepler

@lukepler

www.keplerarts.com

Rainforest, 152x122 cm, oil on canvas

Rainforest in the morning, 122x152 cm, oil on canvas

The river, 116x89 cm, oil on canvas

The first time I visited a rainforest I was amazed by the sensory experience: there were not only stunning views, but varieties of smells, the omnipresent noise which somehow conveyed calmness, dramatic light painting yet unknown sceneries. It was like traveling to the beginning of the world. I realized that generations and generations of humans might have felt the same way when entering the rainforest. Genuine experience, undisturbed by civilization, lived as if millions of years ago. And I also realized that by deforesting, we are slowly leaving behind the continuity, the thread, that we have been sharing with every generation of humans on this planet. As there are very few places on our planet that have not been altered by humans and rainforests are one of them.

With my art I try to create an immersive experience for the viewer, I want them to stop their busy life for a moment and take a deep breath looking at lush green nature. I want them to be able to walk through green imaginary landscapes, even in their homes or in a gallery. I hope that they feel what we all should in nature - respect and admiration.

Rachel Tosh

Rachel Tosh

@racheltosh_art

The rainforest means a lot to me because it is the heart of Mother Nature, without our hearts, our bodies won’t function, just like without our rainforest, our worlds won’t function. I hope people can take vibrance from my painting of George the Orangutan, the orange celebrating how busy and colorful the rainforests are deep inside.

Chris Sante

Chris Sante

@san.topher

Description: As of 2021, Global Forest Watch states that annually, there are more than 7,700 hectares of forest cover equivalent to 20 basketball courts that were lost every hour in the Philippines. The country is rich in wildlife and vast species with once 60 percent of the land in tropical rainforests and alarmingly less than 18 percent at present. As the lungs of the planet, rainforests play a vital role not only as a home rich in biodiversity but also acts as first-line defenders against disasters. The consequences linked to deforestation have severely contributed to the country’s massive flooding and brought the endangerment of species to a critical rate.

As a Filipino, I wanted my artwork to reflect the lives of many endangered species in my country that we all still can save. Land conversion, illegal logging, deforestation and large-scale mining in the Philippines have wiped out the habitat of many species that are continuously being threatened, harassed and killed including many indigenous communities. As a cultural heritage, rainforests are home to thousands of indigenous people who have lived in harmony for centuries. I seek to create awareness about the many species at stake that are disappearing and to empower the Indigenous people who call these forests their home. Let us be alarmed and take global action to build a just, equitable and sustainable world while protecting our forests.

Lou Paul

Lou Paul

@paulouppo

I am a French self-taught artist and forest-lover, I loved drawing this artwork ! Drawing and being part of the World Rainforest Day is great. I chose not to draw forest but to draw its famous inhabitant : frogs ! The rainforest is a precious natural resource and we really have to take care of it.

I hope to share hope with people who will have a look to my art. I drew it listening to a French song which is "La Canopée" by Polo and Pan, the song speaks about rainforests and I found it really inspiring.

Siew Lim

Siew Lim

@anlufe.siewlim

The first art work illustrates a group of Asian elephant wandering in China for the past 15 months. They were so tired, they took a nap.

The second art work illustrates Sumatran Orangutan which are critically endangered. They live in Borneo and Sumatra.

Thanks for the consideration.

Laura Mason

Laura Mason

@intertwinefiberarts


Too often when thinking about the importance of a place, we think about what it can provide for humans. But the fresh water and healthy air the rainforest provides is not what's most important to me. What matters to me is the beauty, diversity and memory of the rainforest. It is a living, breathing place, teaming with life, and it deserves our respect. My goal with this weaving is to inspire a sense of the rainforest - overgrown, complicated, full of texture, life and vibrancy.


Irina Pavløva

Irina Pavløva

@iruksson


Rainforest is home to many rare species. I wanted this piece to reflect on huge negative consequences deforestation has for both wildlife and plants. Due to the massive destruction of trees, a lot of animals lose their natural habitats and cannot survive outside the forest which makes them vulnerable to extinction.

Francisco Atencio

Francisco Atencio

@vegan.frank

“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot breathe money”

Emily Lau

Emily Lau

@limeart.sketch

What I remember most about rainforests is its 5-layer structure with rich biodiversity, as well as its large scale deforestation problem... basically from my secondary school geography lessons.

It would be so great to visit it some time and thus important for us to preserve it and treasure nature’s gifts.

Daniela Guarecuco

Daniela Guarecuco

@skysurie

Through this piece I wanted to pay homage to the beauty and balance of the rainforest, showcasing both its flora and fauna using a vibrant color palette and lively composition.  

We must remember we're all connected and it's our responsibility to understand how our actions affect the balance of an ecosystem. When you paint nature, it is easy to feel this connection and kinship, and I truly believe art is a wonderful medium to inspire emotion and positive change in our behavior and beliefs.

Damon Sheeley

Damon Sheeley

@sheeleyco

The rainforest is a source of nearly infinite life and we must do everything that we can to save it. The ecological impact of continued loss at existing rates will be cataclysmic for so many living things, not only in the region but also across the globe. The current rates of destruction in the name of human consumption are beyond belief and it must be slowed and eventually with continued pressure, it must be stopped altogether. My goal in creating this piece would be to continue to bring awareness to engage, converse and band together as humanity to do what we can to stop this tragic loss and to hold corporations involved accountable.

Chiara Mensa

Chiara Mensa

@madebyhyphae

On a personal level I've always cared deeply about nature and the environment, but in recent years this has evolved into a deeper awareness of how everything is interconnected. Rainforests do a lot for everyone on this planet, near or far: from absorbing our global carbon dioxide and stabilizing climate patterns, to giving a home to half the world’s plant and animal species. But it doesn't stop there: rainforests also play a central role in the livelihoods of local indigenous people who are also the gatekeepers to invaluable knowledge on how these powerful ecosystems work and how we can leverage them in a sustainable way. In this illustration I wanted to clearly represent the direct connection between the air we all breathe, the rainforest and the indigenous people who we should all support in a global effort to protect this collective resource.

Bethany Lord

Bethany Lord

@bethanyalicelord

Why is the rainforest important to me?

The rainforest is such an important and huge part of the world. It helps create the oxygen that we as humans breathe and is home to a multitude of animals and plants. There is still so much to learn and discover and this is a huge reason to why the rainforest is so important to me.

What I hope people will take away from my art?

I hope that my art inspires people to learn and discover new things about the world. I want to feed people’s curiosity about the world, and help them escape from their everyday life and introduce them to need places and cultures. I like to use bold and colourful palettes to bring places around the world to life.

Benjamin Coglan

Benjamin Coglan

@coggyillustration

Rainforests are the lungs of the planet. The biodiversity in these regions are immense, unique and breathtakingly beautiful. We should be doing all we can to preserve such a rich contrast of life not just for our own existence but so that future generations can also experience these amazing climates for themselves and not just read about them in books like it’s some kind of fantasy novel.”

Antoinette Chridtoforou

Antoinette Chridtoforou

@tonis_art_stuff

The rainforest is home to so much life and beauty that we often have to remind ourselves it's crucial for biodiversity and our own survival.

My pieces bring forward the natural wonders of the rainforest, serving as a reminder to those who view it that we live in a paradise that needs to be protected.

Penny Hart-Davies

Penny Hart-Davies

@hart_of_this_artist

Hidden Beneath the Undergrowth

W42cm X279.7cm D .025cm                 

Evening in the steamy summer heat, where fauna came out to play. Snakes slithered through the undergrowth, where plant forms and their colors took on a narrative of jungle adventuring. As I gaze above in awe at cathedral-like trees and intricate bushes  that surround my path, each footstep over the unassuming floral undergrowth has brought unexplained scents, sensations and sounds.

Within the confines of paint and chalk, this has given rise to magical dream-like forms, textures and colors and the telling of a natural cycle, beyond our understanding.

FRANCISCO ATENCIO

FRANCISCO ATENCIO

@vegan.frank

Life on Earth, the life of every single being on this beautiful planet is being threatened by the greed of a few, and the ignorance of many.

Rainforests are often called the lungs of the planet for their role in absorbing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and increasing local humidity. Rainforests also stabilize climate, house incredible amounts of plants and wildlife, and produce nourishing rainfall all around the planet.

Despite its invaluable importance, rainforest land is being cleared through slash-and-burn farming to create fields for commercial agricultural development, palm oil production, soy fields or cattle ranches. Unbelievably, more than 200,000 acres of rainforest are burned every day. That is more than 150 acres lost every minute of every day.

What can we do to reverse this situation? Get informed and be a conscious consumer:

- Buy from environmentally-friendly and socially responsible companies.

- Buy locally sourced food products. Locally sourced food is often more sustainable, and consumes less fossil fuels required in transportation.

- Reduce your meat and dairy intake to prevent the need for forest-clearing to graze animals or grow grain for animal food.

-  Donate to one of the many organizations that work tirelessly to defend our planet against deforestation, biodiversity loss and the climate crisis.