Jerry Sawitz ’74, T.C. ’83, is a world-renowned wildlife artist whose work has appeared in major aquariums and zoos throughout the United States. A resident of Thousand Oaks, he has taught art at Thousand Oaks High School for 32 years.
Following April’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Sawitz decided to use his talents to help the region’s
endangered wildlife. He began by designing a T-shirt featuring some of the animal species harmed by the disaster.
With the help of his son, Tanner, and Tanner’s friend Nathaniel Dueber, the project grew into a three-minute YouTube video. The “BP Gulf oil leak shirt” video documenting Sawitz’s creation of the artwork was shot and edited by Nathaniel with original music written and performed by Tanner.
The video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/Gulf_Ts. The site includes a link to purchase the T-shirts, which were produced by Dolphin Shirt Co. in San Luis Obispo. Twenty percent of the purchase price is being donated to the National Wildlife Federation.