Penticton’s Terry Isaac is joining some of Canada’s most prestigious nature artists.
He is being featured in Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) 2018 National Art Portfolio.
Isaac’s painting, Trotting to Water, is one of 11 pieces selected from hundreds of submissions from artists across the country.
“The National Art Portfolio is a unique program that not only promotes our country’s outstanding nature artists, but the growing need to conserve the natural areas that inspire their work,” said Michaela Bell, DUC’s national manager of retail operations in a news release Wednesday.
By donating his artwork to DUC, Isaac is helping raise important funds for wetland conservation she added.
Paintings selected for DUC’s National Art Portfolio are made into high-quality prints for use in DUC’s fundraising initiatives. Money raised supports DUC’s wetland conservation work, scientific research and education programs.
“DUC has a strong relationship with Canadian artists like Terry Isaac,” said Bell. “I’m confident his painting will be very successful in helping us raise the money we need to continue our wetland conservation work.”
Isaac draws inspiration for his artwork by observing nature, saying that he’s always: “on the lookout for magical moments.”
He added horses are one of his favourite subjects to paint, noting that many live wild in the Penticton area.
About Trotting to Water, he said: “I tried to capture the feeling of dust and heat as they form a line – heading for a cool drink.”
Isaac acknowledged local photographer Bruce Turnbull who took the reference photo for the painting.
“He is the man who is kind enough to allow me to use his photo and I just want to give credit where credit is due,” said Isaac, adding horses are among his subjects to paint. “These actually wild horses that were on the west side of town and Bruce was at the right place at the right time and happen to capture these guys walking in a row and I just loved it.
“He has loaned me on occasion other photographs to use and do do a great painting you need a great reference and I just want to give him a big thanks.”
Being chosen by Ducks Unlimited comes on the heels of another huge honour, having had his painting of a bison grace the front cover of the Saturday Evening Post’s January/February edition.
His selection for the Portfolio is not the first time his work has been used by DUC and he feels it is a privilege to be able to help a great cause.
“What I like about it, it helps out with wetland habitat and a lot of the money generated from the sale of the art goes directly to conservation,” he said. “I’m very much in favour of helping wildlife and that’s why I paint nature because I love it and care about it.
“It’s nice to have this as vehicle to help the world and make a career out of creating beauty and I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.”
Artwork by Terry Isaac and other top Canadian nature artists are being sold at DUC community fundraising events, on art auction easels in businesses across the country and online at www.ducks.ca.