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“Art found me,” says 58-year-old conservation artist Karen Laurence-Rowe (@karen_laurence_rowe_art). “I lived in the bush as a child and my brother and I would draw to entertain ourselves. An elephant was the first thing I ever drew.” The Kenya resident makes watercolor and oil paintings inspired by local wildlife in an effort to protect them for future generations. “Over the years I’ve watched poaching make a massive dent in the wildlife here,” she says. “If I don’t help conserve it, there won’t be anything left for me to paint — and I hope my work inspires others to do the same.”