When I was invited to create works for the upcoming 'Winter Whites' exhibit at Effusion Art Gallery in Invermere, BC, initially I considered painting a canoe or two. One day, as I was reading about endangered animals I knew that I wanted to focus on them instead. A polar bear came to mind immediately because of the conversations about climate change and the challenges being faced in northern Canada, but I also thought a lot about caribou and the effect of the changing environment on them. I researched a bit more and learned about the Peary Caribou, which I hadn't heard of previously. They are also found in northern Canada, their coats turn white in winter and they are the smallest of the caribou family. These pieces were a pleasure to paint and I hope they bring joy to whoever sees them.
AIRdirondack Art Project