When art and environmentalism collide
by Meena Hussein
[caption id="attachment_17897" align="aligncenter" width="584"] A polar bear family in Svalbard.[/caption] One of the most rewarding things about my work is that I get to meet people almost everyday who are inspired by Greenpeace. I met Pennsylvania fine artist Justin Ballew over twitter a couple of weeks ago. Inspired by our save the Arctic campaign, he tweeted us this illustrated poem. The poem is fun and simple, and I emailed him to ask him what inspired him to do this. Here's what he said:
"I am a fine artist that does oil portraits and landscapes, mostly by finger painting. I create works that inspire and connect the viewer with the work. My landscapes have included a lot of mountains and snow, and I have always wanted to travel to the Arctic to document it on canvas. Over the past year I have read articles and seen footage of the disappearing ice. The feeling of doing something to help is strong, so i decided to start with this simple story about a polar bear and her cub."Check out his poem below. You can see more of Justin's work on Pinterest and Twitter.