2023 Boreal Mist – Ring-necked Ducks
About the Artist
Having grown up in the Saguenay region, where nature is ever-present and where the fjord and the boreal forest meet, Isabelle Collin has been fascinated by the living world from an early age. With a strong taste for scientific drawing and an excellent sense of observation, Isabelle participated throughout her adolescence in camps dedicated to natural sciences. Isabelle is passionate about winged and aquatic fauna as well as flora. During her observations in the field, she tries to capture the movement and the light to transmit them in her paintings. Inspired by the life and art of Robert Bateman, naturalist painting has accompanied Isabelle continually in her in experience of nature.
Her training in architecture and medicine led her to practice and teach of family medicine. In this context, she has illustrated books dedicated to the teaching of the medical clinical approach.
Naturalist painting allows Isabelle to highlight her passion and to share pieces of this magnificent, but fragile, planet that must be protected.
About the Painting
“Boreal Mist – Ring-necked Ducks”
In my early twenties, I used to observe ring-necked ducks on small lakes in the boreal forest of the Saguenay… Since then, almost every summer, I have had the chance to revisit these magnificent places… Unfortunately, nowadays, the presence of ring-necked ducks is becoming increasingly rare on our lakes. I wanted an atmosphere of morning mist to cradle these sharp-patterned diving ducks I like to think that habitat protection programs like Wildlife Habitat Canada’s can make a difference in the enhancement and protection of biodiversity and I am proud to be able to contribute.