Antioch artist turns grief into inspiration

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ANTIOCH — The human propensity for turning profound loss into blessed opportunity can be found in the life and work of Antioch’s Guy Combes.

Eight years after the shocking death of his father, the well-respected British painter Simon Combes, the 42-year old wildlife artist and environmental activist has pulled a renewed spirit and career from the ashes of his grief.

Born in Kenya, Combes’ childhood was filled with wildlife and art. His father was instrumental in saving the black rhinoceros from extinction. From his parents, Combes gained a healthy respect and avid appreciation for the natural world.

“I loved the hidden narratives of a species of animals, the settings — I learned why it’s important to keep something that is so visually magnificent alive,” Combes says.

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