Starkevich is drawn to nature and wants to deepen his connection with the
places and creatures he most relates to through his paintings. Mentored under his high school art teacher for 10 years, starting when Colin was 16, he has grown his artistic practice to an outstanding level and has some tremendous achievements to date.
Colin is a
youth ambassador for the international CoalitionWILD program and the
international Get to Know-your wild
neighbours program (becoming a board member in 2016). At age 19 Colin was
personally invited by Master wildlife artist, Robert Bateman, to attend his
Master Artist’s Seminar. A little over a year later when Colin just turned 21
years old, he attended this prestigious seminar to learn from one of the
Masters in wildlife art. At age 23 Colin was selected as a finalist in the
international The Artist’s Magazine’s
international art competition competing in the professional division (2013).
Colin has also been featured in the international Southwest Art magazine on three separate occasions (January 2014, August
2015, and May 2016). Awarded artist’s residence at the Wallace Stegner House in
Eastend SK for the month if June 2015 is one of Colin’s most memorable awards. Colin’s
largest artistic achievement to date was when he had one of his life dreams
come true, a solo exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum. The exhibition took
place during the spring and summer of 2015 when Colin was just 25 years old.
The exhibit was shown as a one man show in the Museums large Feature
Exhibition’s gallery space. Colin has been awarded signature membership of the highly ranked and international, Artists For Conservation (AFC) in 2017. This organization is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. The foundation represents the world's leading collective of artists focused on nature and wildlife. Colin is extremely honored to now be a signature member of this world class organization (visit www.artistsforconservation.org to learn more).
Holding a BSc majoring in Environmental Sciences and a diploma in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation, Colin feels that his educational path thus far has taught him an extreme amount about the wildlife he paints and the ecosystems in which they live. He now feels a lot more confident in his artwork as he can depict his subject matter much more accurately from a realist’s prospective. 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 going on 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 feels that is his unique gift and intends to continue to develop and use it to the best of his ability.
To see more of Colin's work depicting other Canadian wildlife please visit www.colinstarkevich.com .