Colin Starkevich

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for September, 2018

In 2009 Colin fell in love with the Grasslands region of southern Alberta. It was then when he realized he would likely be spending much of his time painting this region and sharing it with the world. The Grasslands region is a fragile and vulnerable ecosystem containing many species at risk. Colin hopes to use his artwork in The Grassland Series to raise the awareness about this region and to support conservation efforts within the Grasslands. Through his work Colin also hopes to inspire others to realize and utilize their unique abilities to make a positive difference in the world around them.
He expects to continue to develop his ongoing Grassland Series for the rest of his life as he feels this is the place where his artistic heart belongs. Colin has been donating a portion of the sales made from original artwork in his Grassland Series to conservation organizations that have conservation projects going on within the Canadian Grasslands.
Colin decided to earn a diploma in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Sciences to learn more about the places and creatures he paints so much and does his best to share it with the world through his artwork.
In 2015 at just 25 years old one of Colin's largest dreams came true when he had a solo exhibition of The Grassland Series at the Royal Alberta Museum where he was able to share his passion for the grasslands while raising the awareness of this region and inspiring many others. Since this exhibition in 2015 Colin has continued to expand his knowledge of the Grasslands region and develop his ability as an artist. His work is becoming ever more complex and intellectual, enabling his work to connect with viewers in a more meaningful way than ever before.
Since becoming a member of the Artists For Conservation (AFC) in 2017, Colin had one of his paintings juried into their annual exhibit two years in a row. In 2017 Colin presented about his Grassland Series at the AFC festival in Vancouver, as always, wishing to connect with and inspire as many as possible to utilize their unique abilities while raising the awareness of the Grasslands region.
In 2018 Colin was juried in as an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA). Currently he has one of his paintings titled "Navigation" on exhibit at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver on exhibit in the FCA's "Scenes From Western Canada" exhibit, on until September 9th, 2018.
Colin has also contributed more directly to conservation efforts by assisting in the medical aid of injured birds of prey at a birds of prey center since he was in high school, conducting bird surveys for Nature Alberta, working as a wildlife field technician for Environment Canada in the high arctic and for the Alberta Conservation Association on the grasslands of southern Alberta, Colin has also volunteered endless amounts of time assisting in other research projects he could become involved with such as Bat, Black-tailed Prairie dog, and Lesser Snow goose research.
An artist who always continues to push the boundaries with his artwork, he wants to reach out and inspire as many individuals as possible as Colin feels he can make his largest contribution to our society and the conservation of our natural world in his life through his artwork as he realizes that is his unique gift and intends to continue to develop and use it to the best of his ability.

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