1995 Back to the Pond – Redheads
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pierre Leduc was born in Québec in 1957. Painting only became part of his life gradually, starting when he was a university student. One of his professors discovered his talent and asked him to illustrate some of his works on Québec flora. He now has a well-established career in Canada, the United States and Europe. The fact that he was chosen two years in succession in 1990 and 1991 by the Québec Wildlife Foundation and in 1995 by Wildlife Habitat Canada to create their stamps and nature conservation prints, has greatly facilitated Pierre’s entry onto the North American nature art scene.
ABOUT THE PAINTING
“In the painting, I’ve focused mainly on habitat because the background is composed of many elements, and each one is very important to the overall image. It is comparable to a theatrical play for which we must select the decor. Once the decor is assembled, then the actors can get into character. Above all else, I wanted this scene to express a calm feeling along with a resounding visual contrast. By accentuating the green of the water, and by choosing a bird with a red head, I imagined a particular contrast between the two complementary colours.” – Pierre Leduc