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Cory Trepanier Launches TrueWild

Cory Trepanier Launches TrueWild

Artist, adventurer and filmmaker, Cory Trépanier has explored and painted some of the wildest places on earth. Now, he is returning toCanada’s most remote and spectacular National Parks in a multi-year wilderness legacy project entitled TrueWild. A fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorer’s Club, Trepanier is building upon his life-long quest to paint the land with the launch of TrueWild, A Legacy for Canada’s National Parks with the objective of creatively engaging - through fine art, online interactive content, public speaking and more –millions of people today and in the years to come with Canada’s spectacular wild places.Chapter one of TrueWild begins on July 15th in the Yukon, where Cory may very well become the first artist in history to bring an easel into the vast ice fields surrounding the highest peak in Canada... Mount Logan.Nine days in the mountains kicks off Cory’s month-long painting expedition into Kluane National Park, in the southwest corner of the Yukon, where he will also hike the Donjek Route, and raft down the Alsek River. With only a thin veil of nylon for covering each night, Cory will trek into these remote and challenging wilderness locations carrying his easel, canvas, oil paints, camping and filming gear. Subsequent chapters of TrueWild will take Cory to other wilderness National Parks like Nahanni and the Torngat Mountains National Parks to capture the majestic vistas of Canada’s wild landscapes.Each journey will see Cory develop a dozen original oil paintings while on location. But Cory also wants to take the most compelling of these vistas, combine it with the intense, visceral wilderness experience, and create a major  8-10 foot wide legacy painting from each journey. Each canvas, he hopes, will inspire and connect others with Canada’s northland. Cory will be sharing the experience online, at www.TrueWild.ca, through his TrueWild video series, blogs, photos and social media. This content will be experienced through a unique interactive Google map allowing the visitor to engage with our National Parks in a completely new and unique way.No stranger to film, Trepanier has been recognized for his outstanding achievements in both cinematography and on canvas. His last film, Into The Arctic II, was nominated for Best Performing Arts / Arts Documentary at the inaugural 2013 Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Gemini Awards). As Cory develops his first cinematic TrueWild film, he hopes this medium too will connect and inspire others to experience Canada’s wilderness, stirring them to take a closer look, and perhaps visit its wealth in person.“History is filled with artists that have impacted their culture,” says Trépanier. “To encounter them, one has only to look in museums around the world, where past civilizations are remembered through their paintings, sculptures, writings and architecture.” He cites Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran, A.Y. Jackson and Bill Mason as inspirations for his work. “Their artistic vision reached beyond their work, inspiring generations with the wilderness they portrayed on canvas, in photographs and on film. These artists used their art to help protect the lands they were passionate about. In some cases, their influence was instrumental in the development of new parks, for the protection and enjoyment of all.”Cory aspires to add, in his own way, to this rich artistic legacy as he heads into the wild for chapter one of TrueWild.

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