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Meet Colin Starkevich.

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Colin Strarkevich

Colin Starkevich was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta where he was able to explore the natural world around him as he grew up near the outskirts of the city. It was his early childhood when Colin developed a unique connection to nature which he knows he will carry with him for the rest of his life. Colin feels that it is so important that we maintain our connection with nature as he believes it will lead us all to live more positive lifestyles and create a healthier world. Colin’s long-term mentor has been his high school art teacher, Dr. Brenda Savella, who initially taught Colin to paint with oils when he was 16. To this day Colin is still mentored by Ms. Savella as she has been there for every step of Colin’s artistic journey. Colin has been involved with Get to Know since 2007 when he was selected a winner in their annual art contest. Since then his artistic journey has grown with every passing year. Colin has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, painted a large mural at a Birds of Prey Centre, been featured in international artist magazines, has been selected a finalist in a large international artist’s competition through The Artist’s Magazine competing at the professional level, and has also been recognized by world renowned wildlife artist, Robert Bateman, when in 2009 Mr. Bateman invited Colin to attend his Master Artist’s Seminar the following year for Colin to strengthen his artistic ability. Colin is now represented by The Gallery on Main in Lacombe, AB where his original artwork is continuously available for purchase. Colin was also selected as a winning youth presenter with his statement art project, The Grassland Series, in 2014 at the Get to Know programs international Unconference. With a strong passion for the Grasslands region in western Canada Colin has been developing an ongoing series of artwork depicting wildlife and landscapes within this region. Through this series he wishes to raise the awareness of the Grasslands region and to use his artwork to contribute to the conservation of this land and its wild species. Colin also wishes to use this series to inspire others to find their own unique abilities and passions, putting the two together to make a positive difference in our natural world in a way that only they can do. Colin will be forever connecting, creating, and celebrating nature through his artwork. To view Colin's work please vsit his website