Born in 1971, Michigan, DJ Cleland-Hura is a painter and concept artist. An avid naturalist and environmentalist, Cleland-Hura has become world renowned for his paintings of the natural world. His oil paintings combine highly realistic images such as the 'Contemplation Cougar' most recently featured on auction at Christie’s, Kensington.Cleland-Hura’s art has been featured on the state of South Carolina’s postage stamp. In these intimate views of animals and wild terrains, close examination shows painterly subtlety and delight in texture. Cleland-Hura holds his BFA, University of Michigan, and has worked for environmental groups in support of conservation. Concept art includes work for Pixar’s Finding Nemo; and the book The Art of Finding Nemo, Chronicle Books, 2003. Select public collections: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Explorer’s is excited to be able to offer this North American artist’s visionary work, which has a unique appeal to the nature lover, and those who have an affection for the Pacific Northwest.