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June Eco-Artist: Francesca Page Art

Francesca Page & Shark Guardian Interview

Q1. Hi, Francesca – We’re thrilled to have you as our Eco Artist of the Month for June! Tell us a bit about yourself and your story

I am so excited to be apart of Shark Guardians Eco Artist of the month! I am a British internationally selling artist, published illustrator, award winning Nat Geo photographer, dive Instructor, storyteller and the founder of the 200 Sharks project.

I create large scale watercolour and gouache paintings of wildlife interacting with their environment based on my own photos, adventures and encounters. I am obsessed with colour, movement, detail and pushing my medium boundaries. As well as my art being an extension of my soul and serves as a form of personal expression and therapy, it also gives me a voice for nature. It is a powerful medium to communicate my experiences out in the field and also serves as an important catalyst to connect you, the viewer, with the incredible planet I have fallen in love with. Art opens the empathy door, inviting you into a world you may not have explored or to a place in your mind you have not investigated. Art helps to provoke feeling and passion, which I believe is the foundation to taking the first steps into anthropogenic consciousness. Once you love something you will do anything to protect it.

Q2. When did you get started as an artist?

I have been drawing and painting ever since I could pick up a pencil and I was born with a natural gift to be able to document the world around me in a very realistic way. But it is not without years of dedication and practice to my skill that I have been able to push the limits of watercolour and create the work that I do. But I am still just at the start of this epic ocean art journey, and I am so excited to see where my paint brushes, my camera and the ocean takes me.

Q3. What came first for you – Scuba or art?

For me art came first and the ocean came second. Growing up I had a fear of the ocean due to an accident that happened to me when I was very young. Growing up I was fascinated by nature and all I wanted to do was paint and draw the animals around me. It wasn’t until I was 13 when my dad brought me Scuba Diving lessons to try get over my fear that my eyes where opened to a whole new incredible world that lies under the waves. My life, passion and mindset change in a matter of lessons and scuba diving made me realized that fear is all in the mind. From that moment on I knew that diving was going to be a big part of my career and creative practice. It lead me to go onto becoming a Diving instructor, underwater photographer and shark addict!! I have been dedicating my art practice to the ocean since I was 17 when I had my first encounter with a Thresher shark, my mindset and life’s path changed and my 200 Sharks project was born.