When I first started my journey as an artivists, I felt a little bit lonely and out of place. A little bit like an alien. What motivated me was to connect to like minded hearts who fight the same battle. Working with plastic pollution and endangered sea creatures can be a very depressing. It's important to have a support network and to lift each other up and give advice, if needed.
There are so many brilliant artists out there who dedicate their lives to protect our planet. I created a regular Artivist Chat on Clubhouse to connect with other artists, to hear their story and to build a support network.
We have hosted several events so far and each one was unique and very valuable. Very thankful for these connections and moments. Hopefully there will be many to come. As there are so many talented artists out there who are trying to make a difference every day to protect our planet.
Are you an artist who protects the environment with your artistic talent and would love to join these chat. Please get in touch!
Miriam and Greg Holder
Benjamin Von Wong
Yee Mon Oo
When we started our first artivism chat, little had I known that this would become a regular chat. I'm deeply thankful to everyone who joined and the connections we made. I do believe that we have to unit to make a difference and to be positive and welcoming to each other. Each artist is unique and has a story to tell. We are all on a journey, we discover, we learn, we are passionate. We want to make a difference through our art.
I'm very thankful to Norbert Zi, who has kindly welcomed us to host these rooms in his Scuba Club as well as to my co-moderators Janavi Kramer and Taylor Griffith.
"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new." – Dalai Lama
Below and Beyond Art was established by Janavi Kramer, a mixed media British Artist based in Hertfordshire.
"My name is Janavi Kramer and I am a British Nautical Artist and the face behind Below and Beyond Art. I work with a variety of mediums but love using watercolour and archival inks. The goal of all my work is to articulate the magic of the ocean; not only hoping to evoke the same passion in others but also to highlight the threats impacting the ocean and all the species within it.
It was her love of diving that opened her eyes to all the wonders of the ocean and the rapid impacts of threats such as overfishing and climate change. Her mission is to create work that helps others appreciate the natural world and support the invaluable work being done by charities and organisations protecting the Ocean.
Under The Sea Art Shop - Ocean and Conservation.
Under The Sea Art was created by Miriam Staiger and Greg Holder, who are both passionate ocean people: Greg's a dive instructor, Shark Guardian educator and a certified National Geographic Educator and Miri is a MSc marine biologist, dive master and also the artist of Under The Sea Art. She grew up in the Black Forest in Germany, far away from the sea, yet she always had a connection to underwater animals. When she was little she painted more orcas than any other animals, but as she was getting older she stopped painting like most children do and after many years of hard work, has found her path to become a marine biologist. Only due to Covid lockdowns and a lucky coincidence she re-discovered her passion for art and now couldn't imagine a life without it anymore. As passionate marine conservationists Greg and Miri decided to make use of this newly found talent by writing a children’s book about sharks and getting Miri’s artwork to support important campaigns and conservation organisations such as the Manta Trust and Shark Guardian.
Cleaner Seas Group, Designer and ocean advocate
Works with mirco plastics in her artworks.
A competitive sea rower Avril understands our responsibility to protect our oceans and waterways and sees the negative environmental impact plastic pollution is having.
A designer Avril was commissioned to work with the Cleaner Seas Project in 2013 and alongside our CVO Dave Miller has created engaging campaigns to create awareness of plastic pollution.
Avril’s involvement in organising the Bude Wave Conference in 2016 for the Project has taken her on a journey to tackle plastic pollution and more specifically microplastic pollution. Working at grassroots level as well as campaigning, raising awareness, public speaking and lobbying for positive change.
"Crafts by Scuba Cassie was something that i came up with while my Scuba Diving Instructing was put on hold. I am so passionate and amazed by the beauty of the ocean so wanted to find another way to portray this to others who haven’t had the chance to witness the beauty in real life or feel like having some ocean magic in their homes, while we can’t always be the sea. I focus mostly on marine life, painting anything from the big whales to the small nudibranch, which often trigger questions about the magic and mystery of the ocean, as well as the beautiful creatures it contains. I am a huge lover of photography so often use various photographs as reference. My favourite is when people send me their own photographs from dives so they can relive those amazing moments through my work, it really brings me so much joy.
I’ve always loved the ocean, it feels like home to me, so if I am able to pass this passion onto others so they can realise how amazing it is then I am happy."
Narked Shark was created by British scuba diver, Thomas Barnes. He fell in love with the ocean and all the exotic animals that inhabit it during his travels around the world. During his time working as a scuba diving instructor he would also create custom artwork on friends' and co-workers' scuba equipment. These designs were inspired by the marine life he had encountered in the ocean. Thomas has a degree in fine art and has exhibited work in various places in the world including: London, UK and Seoul, S. Korea. His expertise are now employed in creating all the unique artwork in Narked Shark's products. Narked Shark's goal is to produce high quality sustainable clothing with beautiful ocean themed designs on them. The artwork highlights the beauty of the creatures that inhabit the world's oceans and demonstrate why they should be protected, The designs advocate looking after the ocean whilst also being stylish and not to heavy handed and severe when promoting this message.
Styngvi is creating art to support sanctuaries and grassroots
"I'm a full-time artist and illustrator from Iceland. In 2017 I started combining art with activism. The causes that I advocate for are all close to my heart, such as animal liberation, climate justice and LGBTQ+ rights. With my artwork, I hope to plant seeds and create a discussion for a more sustainable lifestyle so all species can have a future on this planet.
With my work I give a visual voice to environmental and social justice causes. Plant seeds and create a discussion for a more sustainable lifestyle so all species can have a future on this planet.
We only have one planet that we can call our home. This planet has given us so much and up until now we have just been taking and taking without giving any thought to how that might affect the Earth.
We must take responsibility for ourselves and our lifestyle if we want to have a future on this planet for our children. One person can't do everything but we can all do something. Together we can inspire and empower others to a greener and more sustainable future!
(beautiful image of Ben taken by Anastasia Loukrezi)
Benjamin von Wong is telling awesome stories through his surreal photography and videography.
"I am an Artist focused on amplifying positive Impact .
My mission is to help make positive impact unforgettable."
Benjamin Von Wong is a Canadian artist, activist, and photographer best known for his environmental art installations and hyper-realist art style. He is a motivational speaker and an advocate against Ocean Plastics. He is also notable for creating several viral Social Media campaigns, including the most funded GoFundMe campaign which raised over US$2M for Eliza O'Neill, a sufferer of Sanfilippo syndrome.
In 2015, Von Wong launched an online campaign petitioning Datuk Masidi Manjun to create a shark Sanctuary in Malaysia. His viral campaign featuring free-diver Amber Bourke tied underwater while sharks swam around generated over 80,000 petition signatures.
Professional artist and wildlife enthusiast, specialising in pastel pencil drawings of wild animals
Martin Aveling's passion for drawing was born out of his surroundings at a very young age. While his parents were working to conserve mountain gorillas on the steep forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, Martin picked up pencils and drew them.
Martin's inaugural exhibition 'Metamorphosis' (2001) at the Pool Room Gallery in Nairobi was a sell-out success, and other solo exhibitions in Kenya, the UK and the USA have followed. After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2004 with an honours degree in Geography, Martin built his career around his primary passion for art and the natural world. He is a regular on the London wildlife art scene, having exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and at the DSWF ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ event, for which he has been a finalist the past twelve years. An award from the Society of Wildlife Artists took him to Indonesia in 2008, fulfilling an ambition to observe orangutans in the wild.
Products inspired by the oceans
10% of profits are donated to Surfers Against Sewage.
"What makes Ocean-Raye environmentally friendly and unique?
10% of all profits go to surfers against sewage.
All of our jewellery is made with natural sea glass collected from the beach, any unusable glass or other rubbish found we pick up and recycle where possible. We try and make all our packaging environmentally friendly and recyclable.
Ocean Raye was founded by myself, Kiera Hellard. I'm currently a student and have a great passion for the environment and beautiful crafts and wanted to combine these, so I created Ocean Raye. This small business enables me to spend my time doing beach cleans, making beautiful necklaces and showcasing my Mother's (Amber-Raye) stunning seascapes."
Illustrator from Stuttgart / Germany.
Juliet’s pieces are inspired by the ocean, nature, and all of the creatures within our world.
Born in 1999, Juliet Schreckinger is a Long Island, NY based artist. Her work is typically created using a stippling technique in pen & ink and graphite, with occasional splashes of color. Juliet’s pieces are inspired by the ocean, nature, and all of the creatures within our world. Since the time she was a child, Juliet has been fascinated by black and white photography, colorless television shows, and film noir movies. Being exposed to the lighting effects and sharp contrasts shown in these photographs and films greatly inspired the type of work that she does today. Juliet’s work is centered around giving a voice to nature and animals, with the goal of showcasing their importance in this world. Through an illustrative take on fine art, she attempts to express a story in each drawing.
Eco artist living and working in Los Angeles.
"Originally I am from Oakland CA, currently I am living and working in Los Angeles. I am an MFA candidate at Art Center College of Design. Holding a Bachelor of Arts from the University of La Verne I majored in Photography with a minor in Studio Art. Photography is at the foundation of my practice but my practice is no longer medium specific. I believe that an artist today can work between mediums to communicate and tell their stories effectively. The primary formal expressions of my work are editioned prints, unique prints, books, sound/video installations, and will soon involve sculpture. In my work I explore the crossroads of art and science, specifically around human interactions with water. My work comes out of a deep relationship with the ocean.
I was raised in a family of scientists and ocean explorers. For as long as I can remember my brother and I were encouraged to ask questions and explore the world with wonder. My first time below the waves was in a submarine. I was a one year old baby sitting on my mother's lap. We explored the waters off Monterey California. Since then I have continued to explore the California coast and have been lucky enough to see some of the most remote parts of our world."
International Artist, explorer, NFT Art for measurable ocean action.
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ARTIST, EXPLORER, and ENTREPRENEUR Jeremy McKane is the co-founder of The ULTRAMARINE Ocean Action Summit. A group of ocean minded actionists to identify steps to protect 30% of The Ocean by 2030. Jeremy McKane is an Artist with the passion for the environment. His focus has been directed on Ocean issues for several years. He is an active Explorers Club Member and the CEO of OCN.ai, an autonomous network of marine robots that automate enforcement at sea.
"My passion is the oceans and I feel that we don't give them the focus that they need. I thought about this years ago when I first walked up on one of the most polluted beaches I had ever seen. The sad part about it was that there was not any people for hundreds of kilometers yet the evidence of mankind was everywhere. I had this idea about 12 years ago to photograph people underwater as if they were in the studio. (...) So few people have seen the underwater world and often its depicted as an alien environment. This is the environment that we co-exist with and one that we have major influence over. My hope is to get viewers to love The Ocean as much as I do. Maybe we can all make a difference if we share the same love."
Under the Skin was launched by designer duo and brothers Ed & James Harrison.
"Our handcrafted approach to our work is at the heart of our values.
We’re focused on quality, and we’ve slowed things right down.
James takes weeks (sometimes months) to screenprint our limited edition artwork, with the inks mixed by hand, colour-by-colour, layer-by-layer. Everything is considered. It’s a true labour of love. It’s what slow design looks like.
Before design work begins, we do a large amount of research to understand the anatomy, behaviour, habitat, iconic body language and defining characteristics of each species."
"Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a life long artist, marine mammal naturalist and just a general ocean nerd.
My artwork in inks and mixed media is driven by a life-long love for the ocean and all its inhabitants. With experience working in the marine eco-tourism industry, volunteering for ocean conservation causes and teaching as a children's art mentor I am grateful to have a lot of inspiration to draw from. My artwork is one way I hope to advocate for ocean conservation, raising awareness about various issues such as climate change, over-fishing, shark finning and. dolphin captures for the captive trade. We are all connected to the ocean in one way or another- after all, the ocean is the source of most of the air we breathe! Through my work, I hope to help people recognize the importance of protecting marine species, and to gain an appreciation for ocean wildlife. Hope you will join me in this journey!"
"I am a Finnish biologist and self-taught wildlife artist based in Regensburg, Germany.
Living in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. Mother of humans and cats. A fan of the outdoors, quiet moments, science fiction books, puzzles, drinking coffee, and traveling. Inspired by nature, animals in particular. acrylic on canvas."
Co-founder/Creative director of STEMsi.org, and a freelance illustrator specializing in Sci Art.
"I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Microbiology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. I'm also Co-founder/Creative director of STEMsi.org, and a freelance illustrator specializing in Sci Art. A believer in the middle path, I aspire to live at the intersection of Science and Art with Education as a guidepost. As the name implies, science art is a creative expression with the intent to convey a scientific idea or concept. Here are a few examples of mine. I regularly illustrate journal covers and editorial pieces for scientific publishers which I find immensely enjoyable as well as informative as I also get to reach the papers firsthand. "
Professional fish enthusiast - Underwater photographer - Marine debris artist
MSC Ocean Ambassador
"Marine debris from the fishing industry is a major contributor to ocean pollution. I source old fishing gear, either donated by local fishermen, found by me while working at sea or collected by beach clean up initiates. Instead of throwing these old floats into the landfill, I divert them from the waste stream and turn them into art. I paint kelp forests on these recycled buoys because it is my vision of a healthy marine ecosystem. Bringing New Life to Old Buoys Our Ocean faces many challenges, acidification, deoxygenation and plastic pollution, just to name a few.Marine debris from the fishing industry is a major contributor to ocean pollution. I source old fishing gear, either donated by local fishermen, or collected by beach combers.
Instead of throwing these old floats into the landfill, I divert them from the waste stream and turn them into art. I paint kelp forests on these recycled buoys because it is my vision of a healthy marine ecosystem. We are lucky to have many such kelp forest in our clean waters here on the West Coast of Canada."
Chloe Darwin is originally from Plymouth but now a field assistant at the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme.
The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a research-based conservation charity dedicated to studying the whale shark and fostering community-focused conservation initiatives in the Maldives and the greater Indian Ocean.
Chloe creates ocean inspired illustrations.
You can find her beautiful whale shark illustration on Etsy.
"Maldives island life captured within the silhouette of it’s iconic animal, the whale shark! Chloe Darwinn has been busy over the past months, drawing this illustration to celebrate all things ocean and local Maldives ."
"We are two biologists who want to share our passion for marine life with you through our products, and we hope you do the same. Some of our products donate to research and ocean conservation. Show your love for the ocean with this fintastic flair!
Jaclyn is an avid ocean advocate. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Marine Biology and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Environmental Education. She has worked as an aquarist, marine science educator, water quality technician, classroom teacher, expeditions manager, SCUBA instructor, and even a mermaid! She is a volunteer supervisor with her local sea turtle patrol and lives in Florida with her husband, son, and rescue animals.
Yasmin is an artist and ocean advocate. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in Biology and a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Drexel University. She is currently working on her MBA from Florida International University. She believes art plays a powerful role in fostering environmental awareness and creates all our designs with that goal."
Under the Skin was launched by designer duo and brothers Ed & James Harrison.
"We are brothers, outdoor adventurers and creative collaborators. Growing up in South West Wales, we had access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is where our passion for the ocean grew strong. From a young age our parents loved to share their interest for the natural world with us. They both come from scientific backgrounds so our house was always full of scientific books, old medical instruments and tools, and shelves stacked with nature journals and those iconic bright yellow National Geographics.
As young boys we always had a fascination with wildlife. We’d keep beetles in matchboxes, collect fossils, and breed exotic stick insects in our attic. It’s funny how childhood curiosities can have such an influence on your outlook on life. I recently returned from a two year adventure across Canada, where I spent my time working remotely and exploring the landscapes of British Columbia through my passion for surfing, skiing and rock climbing. The animals I witnessed on my travels – from grizzlies to whales, eagles to wolves – have been a major inspiration for my creative work. I created a short travel film documenting my adventures and time on the road in BC. I now reside in Cardiff, UK, where I work as a freelance designer & illustrator."
"I'm Kelly Quinn, a Florida-based wildlife artist, educator, and illustrator, uplifting the stories of nature through art. I use my gift to connect our community to nature through highly detailed, colorful, and immersive paintings on canvas and instruct art classes with Canvas of the Wild at local parks, preserves, and schools.
Central to my art are core values of mission, education, and storytelling inspired by Florida and our shared wild heritage. I spent my childhood exploring conservation lands in central Florida, where my passion for nature and curiosity of the world around me was cultivated and explored through pencil and paper until I began painting in middle school. I have worked with organizations such as The Florida Aquarium, Coral Restoration Foundation, and the Hillsborough County School System to uplift the stories of science through art.
In 2021, I became the project lead and artist for an immersive 2,000 sq ft educational mural in downtown Miami located on the Miami-Dade Public Schools building called iPrep Academy. This school serves K-12, and in collaboration with local partners, I hosted art classes, painted the mural with students, and connected the school with researchers at the University of Miami to inspire the next generation of ocean advocates. "
"My name is Ashley Thomson. I currently reside in Mesa, Arizona with my fiancé and corgi. I am a recent Arizona State University graduate, achieving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing and painting.
I am currently working in human resources (very different from my creative side) and hoping to pick up a tattoo apprenticeship and SCUBA certification by the end of 2021. I've been drawn to the ocean for as long as I can remember, but only started focusing on portraying marine conservation messages within my art about 6 years ago.
My fascination and passion have steadily grown and pushed me to be an advocate for marine conservation. They say that if you can connect to something, then you’re more likely to care about it. That connection is the core of my purpose. My goal is to be a voice for the vulnerable and to allow viewers to see the real side of the “monsters” of the ocean."
Weiyena Wei is a graphic designer / illustrator with 6 years experience working in art and design industry. Originally from China but lives in central America. Spend some time in Costa Rica and now in Mexico.
She is the founder of ethical organisation "asearth" and has worked for the clients from the US, UK, China, Taiwan, Burma and Germany. She has strong passions in sustainability, nature, animal welfare and plant-based lifestyle. She has done amazing collaborations such as:
Action For Dolphins: protect the Vaquita Campaign
2 Minute Foundation: Mask Pollution ... and many more, which you can find on her webiste.
As Earth org: Here at as earth, we focus on three main areas to have impactful change; storytelling, sustainable products and services. To put it simply, asearth was created for the trees and ocean.
An environmental artist from Kommetjie, which is a coastal town on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. She lives near the ocean with her husband and two young boys.
“I have always loved to draw and paint. I think perhaps something I was inspired to do from my grandfather who loved to paint himself. In high school I realized that I enjoyed art a lot more than academics and decided to go to Art College in Cape Town where I finished with a commercial matric. After college I worked for a boat charter company for 10 years. I then started my own wooden word wall art business and it has kept me very busy for the past 10 years. It was in late 2018 though that I decided to start making art from the trash I was collecting off the beaches. I think it was only in the year to follow that I felt like art was going to be a real part of my life.
Bodhi Patil is an inspired youth leader who is passionate about boosting ocean health and human health. As the Youth Team Leader at Parley for the Oceans he focuses on building Ocean Uprise and creating opportunities for young people to take action #fortheoceans.
Bodhi is a lover of the ocean and is doing everything in his power to end it's destruction. OCEANUPRISE with campagins like: Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act!
“Artivism is sharing a story through creative pursuits. it creates ripples of change by showcasing the beauty of the natural world and our need to protect it.” - Bodhi Patil