I am Jay Manchand, an Amphibian Conservation Artist. I spent much of my childhood searching for amphibians in my back garden, a curiosity that would ignite a passion for a species in danger. I had always found myself studying, drawing and painting frogs, lizards and all kinds of cold blooded creatures. Though my fascination with these incredible animals was clearly reflected in my art, I pursued a bachelors degree (and subsequently a Masters Degree) in Fine Art in order to discover why I had such an affiliation to amphibians and how my art could be used to benefit a species in plight. Many of my illustrations depict amphibians whose conservation status ranges from Least Concern through to Critically Endangered. Through my art, I hope my passion can inspire the same adoration for frogs that I have, and that I can bring the immediacy of threatened species to an audience that are perhaps unaware of the damage we are causing our cold blooded friends through habitat destruction, deforestation & the illegal pet trade.
After completing my Masters Degree, I am now beginning to reach out to conservationists, zoologists and scientists alike in hope of working together to produce innovative new work that can aid the progression of amphibian conservation – whether that is through illustrations for publications, colouring books or other exciting concepts. As an artist using traditional media, I believe my art can be used as a platform to communicate ideas of a scientific nature in a visually appealing, relatable manner.
Along with existing artwork available to purchase, I am open for commissionable projects. Prices are dependent on sizes, mediums and timeframes, so please contact me to discuss your project ideas. I sincerely hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to hearing from you.
My website is www.herpartology.com
Thank you so much to SAVE THE FROGS! for this opportunity to be featured on the site, I am incredibly grateful!
Dr. Kerry Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, a nonprofit organization that has held over 2,000 educational events in 57 countries to raise awareness of the world’s rapidly disappearing amphibian populations. He is also a musician who has been studying, teaching, recording and performing the classical music of northern India on bamboo flute since 1996. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and has traveled to over 65 countries. His nonprofit efforts in western Africa led him to being inducted as Chief of Environment and Development in the remote village of Yawkrom, in the Western Region of Ghana.