LONDON, ONT. -- Dorchester, Ont. artist Jade Williamson found purpose for her passion when she began doing portraits of endangered wildlife.
Putting charcoal to canvass, she makes the eyes come alive. “And you want to kind of convey that loneliness or that sadness,” she explained. “You want to reach people with art, right?”
The 21-year-old Western University Fine Arts grad is getting accolades for her images of wildlife on black backrounds. Her work is in conte, or coloured charcoal, and done in free-hand. “‘Cause a lot of my work I use materials or imagery to express what’s threatening them, and what’s putting them at risk.”
Jade Williamson would rather history record her as someone who helped save endangered species, not as someone whose portraits recall the last of them.
She has combined her conservationist bent with her fine arts skills to create a portfolio with lasting images of wildlife, including polar bears, shoebills and antelope.
Proceeds from her work as exclusive artist for Polar Nation, a team of local artists and designers, go towards polar bear conservation and battling climate change.
So proud to be a part of the Embassy Cultural House team and to have participated in their first virtual exhibition Hiding in Plain Sight! Feeling so blessed seeing my work “Unshielded” in the HIPS catalogue amongst many internationally accredited artists.
As the exclusive artist for Polar Nation, I wanted to create a piece that enveloped the ideas behind Project Nanuk. Uki aims to bring awareness to the endangerment of polar bears due to climate change. To communicate this to my audience, the piece as well as its merchandise features a black background to represent the lurking extinction. I chose to work on a singular subject to reiterate the scarcity of the population.
Huge thanks to Joe Konecny for reaching out and including me in this amazing article regarding Project Nanuk! Check out pages 8-9 which speak about the project and features my art with a few words from myself regarding my involvement! Can’t stress enough how thankful and proud I am.
This will be shown at the product launch of PROJECT NANUK tomorrow night at TwoForks from 6-8pm! Learn about the project being started here in Elgin County only during the months of March and April. Raising funds for @polarbearsinternational #climatechange #globalwarming #savetheseaice it starts here in @elgincounty Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and how you can help.
So proud and thankful to be featured on the front page of this weeks paper from the signpost - thanks to Wendy for writing such a wonderful and kind article!
Local artist Jade Williamson has created & donated this stunning piece for our silent auction at our Lions Club Powered By Insulin - Charlotte's Story Golf Tournament.
This acrylic paint, fine glitter & resin on a wood canvas, is a whopping 4'x3' and is gorgeous. If you're interested in this and would like to reserve a bid, please pm us. Silent Auction and Golf Tournament is Sept 14th.
You can see more of Jade's work at Art by Jade
Thank You Jade for this generous donation.