ART IN THE WETLANDS (by Mendis Tan, Conservation Manager SBWR)
THE WORK OF MR THAM PUI SAN @ SBWR By Mendis Tan, Manager/Conservation (Outreach)
Every month, Mr Tham Pui San, one of SBWR’s most passionate volunteers, conducts a free art lesson for children at SBWR. I first came into contact with him when my three children joined his art class and learnt how to paint pebbles from him. Not only was he gentle and exceptionally patient with children, his ideas in transforming pebbles into artwork make this activity easy and attractive to the young.
Mr Tham has volunteered at SBWR for more than eight years. An accomplished nature guide, he has been helping the Reserve with guided tours, running monthly art lessons and leading other meaning- ful activities for the public. Mr Tham even led a team of artists called Dabblers to decorate all the trash bins located at SBWR, His work is also evident in the Nature Cove, SBWR’s library, where beautifully painted pebble designs are displayed. He produced all the paintings hanging on the walls of the Nature Cove, and always includes a note about his inspiration to paint. Reading about the back- ground behind his pieces, one can tell that Mr Tham’s passion in art is truly inspired by his love for
Head to his blog at https://artinwetlands.wordpress.com/, and you would be able to feast your eyes on his beautiful art pieces which include exquisite drawings and paintings.
Mr Tham’s beautiful pebble artwork livens up the Nature Cove. Mr Tham and his team decorated all the NParks dustbins at SBWR.
“I seek out the beauty of the mangrove in its subtle hues, changing light conditions and interesting shapes formed by its inhabitants – trees, mud lobsters, lichen, and moss. Putting them together cohesively to create aesthetic appeal and depicting my personal liking for a spot in the mangrove is my challenge”. – Mr Tham Pui San
Sungei Buloh Wetlands in pastel