“Being a witness to our rapidly changing world is particularly poignant for an artist inspired by nature. Just painting the beauty of life has become a frustration. I am getting the uneasy feeling that, like the cavemen in the distant past, I am painting subjects that will not exist in our very near future. It has become important to me to paint the ‘big picture’ –the relationship between different species and their environments. The story of our time.”
–Julie Askew
Source: Lifeline – Painting the bigger picture, Stanford University MAHB


Lifeline Paintings
Earth Expeditions
Lifeline Films
Earth Projects

What is LIFELINE /


As modern man impacts on the natural world, what is the effect on  indigenous peoples who rely on nature to survive?
How has the balance changed and what is the impact on the nature and wildlife that surrounds them?

These are the questions Earth Expeditions aim to answer

Earth EXPEDITIONS - with local experts - Biology, Culture and Art.
Lifeline PAINTINGS - show the findings
Earth Projects- spread the word
Lifeline Films- experience the journey

​2018 OMAN

For more information

Ian Redmond OBE

Lifeline artist Julie Askew research sketching in the Great-Bear Rainforest, Canada

Announcing our Patron

Lifeline is proud and delighted to announce
and welcome our
 Patron Ian Redmond OBE
“I am a naturalist by birth, a biologist by training,
and a conservationist by necessity"

Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 35 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work.  He has served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla in 2009 and for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species since 2010.


The Earth Projects include

mentoring students, lectures and demonstrations.

Lifeline artist Julie Askew has over twenty years experience in teaching and lecturing internationally.

Affiliated with


Proudly affiliated with 
The Nature in Art Museum UK

Meet our Guest Artist

Guest Artist

Earth Expedition
Oman 2018

Salim Al Salami

Please see the Sponsors and Experts page for Salims' Biography.

Meet Our Experts

Meet our Experts
 Earth Expedition
 Oman 2018

Field biologist  
Office for Conservaton & Enviromnent 

Waheed Al-Fazari

Please view the Sponsors and Experts page for Waheeds' Biography

Lifeline 6


Lifeline 6 In Progress



Lifeline 6  - Detail
This piece is exploring our link with birds ( East African ) and our legacy for future generations.

On Location - Tanzania

 Julies field sketchbooks

 Field work is a vital part of creating the Lifeline Paintings.
Field sketchbooks give raw reference and bring a sense of place to the artist in the studio.

Lifelines 2 & 5

Two Lifelines that feature the plight of the African Elephant

Lifeline 2 - The Last Elephant
"Two of my Lifeline paintings highlight the desperate situation of the African elephant. More than 30,000 elephants are killed each year in Africa; that’s one every 15 minutes! Because we live in a world where human behaviour is often dictated by the desire for profit, we can expect to face the extinction of the wild elephant within our lifetime unless we change our mind set and actions.
One of the closest living relatives to the elephant is the rock hyrax, a 37 million-year-old mammal, about the size of a ground hog, native to Africa and the Middle East. That close relationship exploded into my mind while I was in Tanzania, I sketched wild rock hyrax and later that same day had the experience of finding the skull of a recently poached elephant.
The confluence of events brought the reality up close, and I realized that the only memory of the wild elephant we leave to future generations may be the hyrax. I simply had to paint Lifeline 3 - The Last Elephant "
- Julie Askew, The Artists Magazine 2017

Lifeline 5
Observation is the first step to preservation.
Photographs on location in Tanzania.