Photo Credit: Alannah Avelin

Renowned Marine Life Artist and Environmentalist

From Art Student to Inspiring a Generation About the Importance of Marine Life Conservation

Art is one of the best things you can do to get out of your comfort zone, with art it’s easy. I’m a pure artist. I have been an artist since I was three or four years old. I had a first grade teacher who caught me drawing in the back of the class, not paying attention. She asked me to stay after class. She said, “I’m an artist too. You know, Wyland, you can be a great artist.” That small mentoring really made me believe I could be a great artist.

I have dedicated my life to inspiring kids to be great human beings. What Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” is how I encourage kids to live their lives. Every moment I can, I try to share the message: Do what you love to do and you will have reached the pinnacle of success in life. If you want to be a filmmaker, musician, teacher, whatever you want to be, just be that. Believe in yourself.

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