Learn more about the artists whose work inspires the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's commitment to building connections between people and wildlife. These works of art promote empathy and cultivate a shared appreciation for nature.
Every artwork purchased has a positive impact on wildlife and helps us achieve our mission to create a world where all life thrives.
Marna Schindler's paintings are expressive celebrations of nature inspired by San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park wildlife. Her compositions invite the viewer to settle in and feel the work, finding sensory experience in shape, line, and color. Marna's lifelong connection to nature began at a young age attending art classes at the Zoo. Her paintings are infused with vivid colors and a whimsical spirit, reflecting her joy and wonder of the natural world around us.
After admiring Mexican and African bead art for many years, Lori started playing with dots in her paintings. A trip to Alice Springs, Australia, inspired Lori further - she was awed by the paintings of the Aborigines! She has happily let the amazing artwork of these cultures influence her art. Lori is a former graphic designer for the San Diego Zoo, where her interactions with wildlife also inspire her paintings.
As San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s senior illustrator, Amy Blandford’s artwork appears in San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Journal, on signs at the Zoo and Safari Park, on souvenirs, and anywhere else an image is needed to capture the beauty and uniqueness of wildlife. “For someone who loves to draw and loves animals, it’s a dream come true,” Amy says. “I get to play a small role in sparking educational and emotional connections between our guests and wildlife, which is something I find personally rewarding.”