Connect people to nature through art and education, while building community around wildlife centers and organizations working to keep our environment healthy.
Canvas of the Wild started in 2018 as 'Paint for the Wild,' a co-op between artists and wildlife centers to host art classes inspired by the setting where they took place. These classes provided people with a unique way to enjoy their community's green spaces while raising money for the wildlife learning centers and supporting the arts.
Classes were being hosted between five centers across the Tampa Bay Area, including Weedon Island Preserve, Brooker Creek Preserve, George C. McGough Nature Park, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, and Tampa Bay Watch.
In January 2020, we hosted a pop-up class with the Biscayne National Park Institute. As the year progressed and the world began to deal with the realities of COVID-19, we started posting acrylic paint lessons on YouTube for everyone to enjoy. These acrylic lessons were followed by drawing lessons, shading lessons, and other tips for creating realistic illustrations.
When the rhythm of art and science come together, amazing things can happen. That's the future of our story, and we hope to share it with you.