Colin Starkevich is drawn to nature and wants to deepen his connection with the places and creatures he most relates to through his paintings. Since learning how to start painting in high school when Colin was 16, he has grown his artistic practice to an outstanding level and has some tremendous achievements to date.
Colin initially started to really grow as a young artist with his involvement through the Get to Know - your wild neighbours program from 2007-2017.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). 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 Exhibitions gallery space. Colin has been awarded signature membership of the highly ranked and international, Artists For Conservation organization (AFC) in 2017. This organization is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world through the arts. The foundation represents the world's leading collective of artists focused on nature and wildlife. Later in 2017 Colin became a juried professional member of the International Guild of Realsim (IGOR), a collective of some of the worlds best realist artists today. Colin is extremely honored to now be members of these two international organizations/guilds (visit: www.artistsforconservation.org and www.realismguild.com to learn more). In 2018 Colin also became juried in to receive Active Member Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Holding a BSc majoring in Environmental Sciences and a diploma in Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation, Colin feels that his educational path 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 perspective.
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 .