My friend Sam is an artist. Her inspiration for her artwork comes from nature so you will see that she focuses on capturing the beauty of brightly coloured flowers, frogs, butterflies and other insects (sometimes spiders eeeekkkk - do.not.want). She is trying to showcase the beauty in the ordinary parts of nature to make people appreciate it more. Our ecosystems are so interconnected that one small change in one insect can lead to major disruptions in an entire food chain.
What I really like about Sam's artwork is that she is bringing nature to life in an environmentally responsible manner. Her canvases and backing boards are made from recycled materials, her prints are on sugar-cane paper and she uses biodegradable plastic sleeves. If the client wants the art framed Sam tries to find used frames that will showcase her work but if she can't find something that is used she will try to buy a frame that is made from FSC certified wood from replenished forests or bamboo. Her mousepads are even made from recycled tire rubber!
If you buy art from Sam don't be surprised if it arrives in an old cereal or cracker box. She also reuses common items from around her home instead of having to buy new art supplies. These are both cheap and easy way to reuse material and reduce her impact on the environment.