The Grassland Series

A series of visual artwork depicting wildlife and landscapes originating from the Grasslands region of Canada emphasising on the Grasslands of southern Alberta.

Colin Starkevich

Age 27, Canada

PROJECT: A series of visual artwork depicting wildlife and landscapes originating from the Grasslands region of Canada emphasising on the Grasslands of southern Alberta.

To see Colin’s growing body of work depicting this region visit www.colinandthegrasslandseries.com.

 

Tell us about the work you are doing to create a wilder world.
My mission is to raise the awareness of this vulnerable region and to use my artwork to contribute to the conservation of this land. To also inspire as many as possible to use their unique ability to conserve and protect the natural places that are dearest to their hearts.

I am a visual wildlife artist working in oils, acrylics, and pencil. I have developed a deep connection and passion for the Grasslands region of Canada after numerous outings to the wild grasslands of southern Alberta, Canada. I feel this is a region which is often overlooked by many leaving this fragile ecosystem extremely vulnerable to destruction. Through my artwork I want to show the world the true beauty that exists within this region including its land and wild species, in hopes of raising the awareness of the importance of the Canadian Grasslands. I am donating a portion of all sales made from every piece sold within The Grassland Series to conservation organizations which have research and/or conservation projects specifically within the grasslands region.

On a grander scale I am hoping that through this series of artwork others from around the world, especially the younger generation, will see and feel my connection to nature. Inspiring them to explore, learn about, and connect with the nature that exists near them, and to find their place in nature, just as I feel I have done. Leading others to create their own project based on their own talents, ideas, and unique way of seeing the natural world to further contribute to the global movement of connecting and re-connecting with nature to conserve and protect our wild places, and to create an even wilder world.

 

What are the areas where you need the most help in growing or expanding your project?
I’m always searching for galleries/art centres/Museums/etc. to exhibit the work at and give presentations about the importance of The Grasslands and our awareness and connection to nature all over the world.

 

What are five (5) of your short term goals to accomplish in the next 1-2 years?
1. To create works depicting 10 species within the Grasslands region I have not yet painted.
2. To put on the best art exhibitions I can to really inspire and reach out to as many people as possible.
3. To contribute to research and/or conservation within the Grasslands region whether it is by volunteering with biologists or working a short-term job while maintaining my career as an artist.
4. To speak to at least 2 groups of young people about my passion and what I believe is my mission, inspiring them to find their passions in life and do the best they can to make a positive difference in the world.
5. To deeply inspire at least one young person anywhere in the world.

 

What are five (5) of your long term goals to accomplish in the next 5-10 years?
1. To be a successful artist for conservation.
2. To be an individual at the core of the global movement when it comes to creating a wilder world through my passion, talent, and connection to nature.
3. To contribute at least five thousand dollars to conservation organizations which have research projects within the Grasslands region of Canada.
4. To be a strong figure when it comes to Grassland Conservation through my artwork.
5. To have inspired at least 10 others from anywhere in the world to a point where they are or have found their passion and unique ability and created a project which has led to creating a wilder world.

 

How can others help you accomplish these goals?
Others can help me accomplish these goals by:
– Learning about the Canadian grasslands by visiting this region or reading about it.
– Yourself, as an individual, to spend time in nature and find your place in it, and to search within yourself how you can use whatever unique ability that you have to conserve and protect a natural region you love and inspiring others along the way, ultimately leading to creating a wilder world!
– To network with others who are passionate about the Canadian Grasslands to come up with ideas of how we can come together as a team to protect this region.
– Invite me to an event to give an inspirational talk on how I found that I can use my talent to create a wilder world.

 

How can the public get involved with your project/work?
The public can get involved with my project/work by following me on my website which features artwork, information on some grassland species, and visiting upcoming exhibitions of The Grassland Series.

 

What have been some successes you have had?
In the last two years,

– Two major solo exhibitions of The Grassland Series in the past two years, where many people were able to learn about the natural Grasslands region of Canada while being inspired to connect with their favorite places in nature wherever it may be in the world.
-Numerous public talks/presentations about The Grassland Series.
-Numerous new paintings to The Grassland Series.
-Donation of over $1000.00 over the past 3 years to support conservation efforts within The Grassland region of Canada.

 

 

What are some lessons you have learned/what would you have done differently?
I have learned that no matter what, to always stick with my gut feeling, and to not put my mission on hold to do something to please other people. I have learned through experience that if I stick to my gut feeling about what I need to do, at the end of the day I will please many people by making a grand contribution to our natural world in a way that no one else but myself can, with intensions of inspiring others to make a difference that no one else but themselves can make as well.

 

Have there been any major (or minor) milestones in your work?
Major milestones in my work this far in my artistic journey have been being personally invited by Master wildlife artist, Robert Bateman, to attend a Master Artist’s Seminar instructed by the artist in British Columbia, Canada in 2010. One of the first pieces created for my Grassland Series titled, Grassland Harmonies, was selected as a finalist in an international artist’s competition competing against professional artist’s worldwide when I was 23 years old. I was then featured in the international Southwest Art magazine (January 2014 edition) at age 24. During the spring of 2014 I was signed as a signatory member by The Gallery on Main in Lacombe Alberta, Canada at age 24. In October of 2014 I was selected as one o 12 youth, age 25 or younger, from across North America to present my statement art project (The Grassland Series) at an international Unco nference held by the “Get to Know-your wild neighbours” program, an international program devoted to connected youth to nature by celebrating nature through the arts. My presentation went on to be selected as a winning presentation where I was then interviewed by a television network where a segment of the top three presenters was televised and put on YouTube. This May of 2015 will be the largest milestone so far in my artistic journey where the premier exhibition of The Grassland Series will be exhibited at the national Royal Alberta Museum as a feature exhibit “Glimpses of the Grasslands, Colin Starkevich and his vision”, from May 16th-August 23rd 2015.

 

Any words of advice or wisdom? Anything else you want to tell the world?
Spend time in your local natural surroundings, find out what makes you “tick”…your passion, find out what your good at, your talent, and search within yourself to find out how you can use your unique ability to make a positive global difference.

 

View the gallery of Colin’s current exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Canada.

Invite me to an event to give an inspirational talk on how I found that I can use my talent to create a wilder world.

I'd like to contribute to research and/or conservation within the Grasslands region whether it is by volunteering with biologists or working a short-term job while maintaining my career as an artist.

My biggest success this far will be this May of 2015 when I will have a one man exhibition of The Grassland Series at the Royal Alberta Museum as a feature exhibit.

Search within yourself to find out how you can use your unique ability to make a positive global difference.