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Since the early age of 8, Lauren Sarantopulos's roots have been intertwined in nature and art. Raised in Colorado and Wyoming, she was lucky to grow up in wildly beautiful states and spent countless hours exploring the outdoors and its wildlife. As Lauren's fascination with nature and interest in art grew, she began painting the animals she Ioved to observe as a means of developing a unique style while feeding her love of the environment.

 

Fifteen years later, Lauren's appreciation for the wild things in life, and the desire to capture them in a unique artistic style has only grown. In Spring 2020 she earned a degree in environmental biology from Northern Arizona University and spent several seasons as a wildlife technician in both Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Park. When not in the field working with wildlife or painting, Lauren enjoys hiking, river rafting, climbing, and mountain biking. She hopes that her passion for the environment and the arts will draw others closer to nature and bring attention to the importance of wildlife conservation.  

From the artist:

 

"For me, there is nothing more inspiring than the natural world. Nature holds so much beauty and mystery I often find myself flooded with awe each time I step outside. It is a gift to live on a planet graced with so much life, yet many seem to take this for granted. If art is a universal language, it is my hope to speak out with my work— to move people to look closer and see the beauty in the other lives we share this remarkable planet with.

I believe giving back to the wild is imperative to its protection, and to play my part a percentage of my sales are donated to Defenders of Wildlife. Defenders of Wildlife is a U.S.-based national conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of imperiled species and their habitats in North America. Learn more at www.defenders.org."

 

-Lauren Sarantopulos