Blog posts by Tracie Koziura

25 March 2013

Rebel With A Cause IWC Auction

AUTUMN SPIRIT by UK Pastel Artist Tracie KoziuraThe "Rebel With A Cause! IWC Auction" is now open and will run from March 25 2013 to March 31 2013 to raise funds for the International Wolf Center. Hosted by the ART4GOOD Foundation Inc. this spectacular auction is offering Art, Books, Clothing, Collectibles, Jewellery, Vacations and much, much more. There is something for everyone so be sure to tell your friends, family and community and help us raise LOADSA MONEY for the International Wolf Center and our precious WOLVES!

Project Links:
Auction homepage
Art4Good Foundation Project on Crowdrise

13 February 2013

Shakira ~ Leading by example

by Tracie Koziura

ShakiraLimited Edition Hand Embellished Numbered

with 25% of the proceeds of all sales being donated to the Barefoot Foundation.

This superior quality Limited Edition Numbered Giclee has been hand embellished, signed and numbered by Tracie Koziura and is supplied with a corresponding registered Certificate of Authenticity also signed and numbered by Tracie.

Size: 13" x 17" (with border) 10" x 14" (image)
Edition size: 50 + 10 Artist Proofs

Known around the world for her amazing voice and dancing, Shakira is also an incredibly motivated and active philanthropist.

A Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Shakira is one of their global representatives and was chosen based on involvement in global issues, her deep commitment to helping children, and her appeal to young people around the world.

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13 September 2011

Making a Difference ~ Madonna

by Tracie Koziura

Open Your Heart by Tracie Koziura"It has pretty much, taken over my life, and I'm so grateful it has...I've started an organization called Raising Malawi...and any of your help would be greatly appreciated by me."

American recording artist, Golden Globe winner, and entrepreneur, Madonna established herself as a pop icon known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos. She is considered to be one of the most influential women in contemporary music, selling more than 200 million albums worldwide and is the most successful solo artist in the history of Billboard Hot 100 chart. She has also gained global recognition to bring an end to the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi's 2,000,000 orphans and vulnerable children once and for all.

In 2006 Madonna and Michael Berg founded Raising Malawi, a non-profit organization supporting community-based organizations that provide vulnerable children and caregivers with nutritious food, proper clothing, secure shelter, formal education, targeted medical care, emotional care and psychosocial support. In addition, Raising Malawi supports non-government organizations that offer impoverished families with innovative opportunities for sustainability such as Millennium Promise and International Medical Corps. Millennium Promise is a non-profit organization which works towards the halving extreme poverty in Africa by 2015, working with impoverished communities, national and local governments, and partner organizations to implement high-impact programs aimed at transforming lives on the continent and engaging donor nations, corporations, and the general public in the effort. International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

On corporate, community, and academic levels, Madonna matches every dollar donated to Raising Malawi and is partnered with SocialVibe, the leading social media utility connecting people with brands, empowering them to engage with sponsors and share branded content with their social graph to benefit a cause of their choice. Madonna actively gives money to many causes, many relating to children, and is a Patron of Children of Peace.

"Open Your Heart"
Medium: Soft pastels on velour
Size: 10" x 12"
© 2011, Tracie Koziura

20 August 2011

Making a Difference ~ Michael J Fox

by Tracie Koziura

Michael J Fox by Tracie KoziuraMichael J. Fox was born in 1961 in Alberta, Canada. He describes himself as an "Army brat" and moved several times throughout his childhood with his parents, brother and three sisters before finally settling in British Columbia in 1971.

Michael started acting at the age of 15 and at 21 he became known world wide for his character, Alex P. Keaton in the enormously popular "Family Ties" which ran from 1982 to 1989. During his seven years with the show, he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of the country's most prominent young actors. He has since starred in several TV shows and films but is perhaps best remembered for his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future Trilogy - the first of which was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon, leading to the second and third films which were filmed back-to-back and released in 1989 and 1990 respectively.

In 1991, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. When he finally disclosed his condition in 1998, he received a tremendous amount of publicity and he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson's research. He even received a telephone call from Mohammed Ali. Michael recalls, "For some reason, I returned his call from the phone in my bathroom. In the mirror I could see my eyes welling up as he said, in his eloquent whisper, 'I'm sorry you have this, but with both of us in this fight, we're going to win now.'"

Michael realised that it was no longer a question of if Parkinson's could be cured, but when. Thus began his involvement in senate hearings and the creation of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. "Our sole concern," says Michael, "is to identify the best research and then to raise money and distribute it to the scientists conducting that research as quickly as possible. Our goal as an institution is nothing less than planned obsolescence."

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18 August 2011

Making a Difference ~ Alyssa Milano

by Tracie Koziura

Alyssa Milano by Tracie KoziuraRecognised around the world for her role as Pheobe Halliwell in the TV Series "Charmed", Alyssa Milano has been an Ambassador for UNICEF since 2003 and 2004 she she was an official spokesperson for UNICEF's Trick or Treat campaign. She traveled to India, Kosovo, as well as Angola, to work with UNICEF field officers there. Alyssa hosted a photography exhibition and auction in Los Angeles which raised close to $50,000 for Nkosi's Haven, an organization that runs care centers in South Africa for AIDS-afflicted mothers and children.

Alyssa was appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, to which she donated $250,000. The Global Network is an alliance formed to advocate and mobilize resources in the fight to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Alyssa also works to raise awareness of NTDs by educating the mainstream media and general public of the plight faced by the one billion people who are afflicted by NTDs, and the importance in controlling and preventing this global health crisis.

Alyssa says, "Words cannot fully express the devastation and horror caused by NTDs [Neglected Tropical Diseases]. Until now, these diseases have been hidden in the shadows, but working with the Global Network, I am focused on bringing this tragedy to the public eye."

In the late 1980s, Alyssa appeared on Phil Donahue's talk show where she kissed Ryan White, a schoolboy ostracised for having AIDS, to show that she would not catch it from him.

In support of PETA, she appeared in an advertisement for them, advocating vegetarianism, in a dress made entirely of vegetables!

Alyssa has received an humanitarian award from Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nation and The John Wayne Cancer Institute’s 2004 Spirit of Hollywood Award, for her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

In honor of her 37th birthday (December 19, 2009), Alyssa ran an online fundraising campaign to raise money to support Charity: Water's clean water project in Ethiopia. She asked all her Twitter followers to make a donation and spread the word throughout Twitter and Facebook. Her original goal was to raise $25,000 and the final total raised was $92,568, bringing clean water to 4,628 people, 928 families in 19 communities.

As a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Alyssa initiated another online campaign through Twitter after the Haiti earthquake to challenge major corporations and organizations to match her donation of $50,000. The Twitter challenge garnered enough visibility to receive dollar-for-dollar matches from three organizations and double matches from two others. This resulted in $400,000 dollars for UNICEF to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Social media gives us a platform to use our voice for positive change. Last year for my 37th birthday, I mobilized a campaign to raise money to support Charity: Water's clean water project in Ethiopia. I asked all of my Twitter followers to make a donation and spread the word through Twitter and Facebook. We raised $92,568, bringing clean water to 4,628 people, 928 families in 19 communities. It was the best birthday present I could have ever asked for.

As a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, I again went to Twitter after the Haiti earthquake to challenge major corporations and organizations to match my donation of $50,000. The Twitter challenge garnered enough visibility to receive dollar-for-dollar matches from three organizations and double matches from two others. This resulted in $400,000 dollars for UNICEF to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

I'm also an Ambassador for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an advocacy and resource mobilization initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Most people don't know that 1.4 billion people have one or more neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These diseases blind, disfigure, and stigmatize its victims, but there is a solution. Just 50 cents can treat an individual for many of the most common NTDs for an entire year. All it takes it pocket change. What was the last thing you bought for 50 cents?

There are many opportunities to spread awareness of global health issues through social media tools like Twitter. I'm optimistic that with the right campaign we can mobilize people to learn about how we can improve people's lives. This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on NTDs, and while the report highlights successes in combating many of this diseases worldwide, it is evident that there is much more that needs to be done.

I'm optimistic about successes we've had in global health and development. But how can we spread the word? The ONE Campaign's Living Proof project highlights the incredible stories of individuals whose lives have been saved because of interventions that work.

We can use the success highlighted in Living Proof and spread them through social media to educate and inform people that while we still have a ways to go to rid the world of disease and poverty, we are moving in the right direction.

And Love,

I first came to know of Alyssa Milano through her portrayal of Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed and my admiration and respect for this talented, beautiful and caring lady has continued to grow over the years. She is another of my favourite celebrities who is working hard to make a difference in our world through doing good and giving back. Her first baby is due in September this year (2011) and I wish her all the love and happiness in the world - if anyone deserves it, Alyssa certainly does!

Medium: Soft pastels on velour
Size: 10" x 10"
© 2011, Tracie Koziura


Tracie Koziura

RebelwolfDespite having a love of art and design all my life, I only began painting recently and it was my lifelong passion for wolves which led me to purchase my first set of pastels. In fact, until that point, I had never even held a pastel before!

My artistic journey really began in February 2008 when I discovered the work of Nottingham artist, Vic Bearcroft, whilst browsing the internet. Vic is renowned for his animal paintings, particularly wolves. On seeing his stunning artwork, I was inspired to try my hand at creating my own wolf pictures to decorate my home with.

My first wolf painting, "Snow Wolf" was created after receiving permission from Canadian amateur photographer, Luc Durocher, to create a picture from his original photograph. I can still remember sitting in my chair watching as the most beautiful grey wolf slowly appeared on the velour paper in front of me. It was an almost magical feeling - one I continually relive every time I look at it.

Since then, I have created many more paintings covering a variety of subjects but wolves continue to be my favourite and my home is filled with them now! I absolutely love my pastels - they give me the freedom to express my feelings and experiences in a truly unique and creative way.

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