Dawn and Chris Stubbs hail from Victoria. They are well known around the world for their wildlife paintings. “I moved to East Gippsland in 1982 onto a 68-acre property where my husband, Chris, a builder, built our home and art gallery called the Australian Wildlife Art Gallery. Chris left the building industry in 1987 to pursue art as a sculptor.”
Chris is also a sculptor and what started as a hobby is now a full time business They thought they would like to set up a fauna park but due to all the red tape they decided against it and began what is believed to be the first wildlife sculpture park in Australia at Munro
Chris carved about 70 animals from terra cotta clay and then superbly painted by Dawn. Australian native animals such as wombats, Koalas, Kangaroos and birds portrayed in their natural environment and made them as authentic as possible. The Australian bush has been the inspiration for their work, which truly reflects the beauty of our fauna and flora. Their work can be found in many collections worldwide.
Chris is a keen environmentalist and his larger works contain a strong message about this planets wildlife. “I like to describe my works as environmental statements rather than wildlife art.” He has won numerous awards including the best exhibit twice at the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Exhibition in 1992 and 2000 and the prestigious Waterhouse Award in 2004. Chris believes that wildlife and environmental artists have an opportunity to show a visual truth of the imbalance between man and the other inhabitants that share this planet.”