Caroline Fulton is a practising artist living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Newcastle, England in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She has spent several years living in India and Morocco and travelled widely in South East Asia and South America, which informs her thoughtfully decorative paintings of endangered wildlife.
'My drawings and paintings focus on portraying animals, shown against a background of traditional patterns and motifs, which represent the art and hand-craft of the indigenous people in the animal's place of origin.
The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. Art provide us with a visual platform that can potentially engage a wide audience, hopefully my paintings inspire people to think about our shared responsibilty and individual involvement in preserving and celebrating our natural heritage and to think about how our own future is dependant upon the survival and harmony of the many other life forms that inhabit the earth.
I hope the viewer is captivated by these images of animals that we have become so familiar with but by looking at them in a different aesthetic context, a connection is made between the vulnerability of our wildlife and of our cultural identity. In today's mass globalisation of culture, we stand to lose much of what has made us ethnically diverse and unique. The significant wealth and knowledge embedded in the inheritated traditions of nations and indegnoues peoples around the world, can disappear, like the animals, in just a generation or two. If we can strive to keep our cultures living, to share and to celebrate what the other has to offer, instead of dismissing what we don't appear to gain immediate gratification from, perhaps we have a better chance of protecting the animals and their natural habitats that we share our planet with.
Education on many levels across the world, can play a key role in tackling the complex issues threatening animal populations. For example, when local people understand the needs of the animals and plants in their environment, when they are given the right kind of aid, support and respect, then it becomes apparent that their involvement and care is crucial, not only for conservation efforts to succeed, but also that it can benefit their communities and livelihoods too, allowing a dynamic culture to flourish and a traditional way of life to continue.
My ethos as an artist is to support wildlife organisations. It is my hope, that through the enjoyment of art and culture and the awareness of environmental concerns, that the viewer is reminded of the value of life, from great to small, in all its diversity and how much it has and continues to inform and enrich our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.'
"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught." Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist