The Mountain 2019 Spring Summer Workbook

Ar t i st Spot l ight GRAEME STEVENSON

Born in New South Wales, Australia, Graeme Stevenson’s passion for art began at age 5, knowing even then that he wished to become an artist. He took his first art lessons at age 11. Alongside art, Stevenson studied martial arts and bred Australian parrots, learning falconry and studying taxidermy in his teenage year. Through these hobbies Stevenson gained a better under- standing of avian anatomy. This would prove in- valuable as he combined it with his passion for art, using his pet birds as subjects and starting his journey as a wildlife artist. Stevenson donates his time and talents. In 2003, he raised funds for aids, multiple sclerosis re- search and children’s cancer research in the U.S. for the Ripple Effect Project. Three of the works were collected by former President Bill Clinton. He also established a charitable foundation, “Paint Your Life,” in 2013, which uses art to brighten the lives of the disadvantaged or physically impaired.

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