Lifeline Earth

“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

The Introduction Video


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Affiliated with


Proudly affiliated with 
The Nature in Art Museum UK

Meet Invited Artist

Invited Artist

Lifeline Earth Paintings - Project
Oman 2018

Salim Al Salami

Meet Our Experts

Meet our Experts
Lifeline Earth Paintings - Project 
 Oman 2018

Field biologist  
Office for Conservaton & Enviromnent 

Waheed Al-Fazari


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 Earth 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.


The Artists Magazine USA - Lifeline

USA Feature in the Artists Magazine - October Issue 2017

Lifeline 4

Lifeline 4 to exhibit at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum USA October 2017

"A cherished symbol of luck and longevity
 - the status of the Red Crowned Crane is Endangered despite some conservation success.
I have used colours with meaning in Japan to highlight the story of this piece.
Black - mystery.
 Yellow - courage and beauty.
 White - death.
Green - ( the lifeline )  eternal life..
Red - danger or life.
If we look away just for a moment, even our most cherished cultural and historic wildlife symbols will become just a story from the past" - Julie Askew
Observation is the first step to preservation
Photographs on location in Japan



Exhibited at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences
"All aspects of nature are linked in a life and death circle, every species depending on another to survive. If a single species is drastically reduced or removed from an ecosystem, the knock on effect can be devastating.
My “Lifeline” series of paintings explores these links.
The removal of the herbivores by bush meat poaching is a very big issue in Africa. “Lifeline 2” looks at the grasslands and how herbivores, like the wildebeest, link with so many species , even the grass itself" - Julie Askew
Photographs on location - Tanzania


Stanford University feature


Lifeline feature article published in the Stanford University MAHB