Conservation on Canvas
In the Conservation on Canvas project, local artist and art educator Michael McEwing is visiting all of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick’s nature preserves and creating a series of paintings that are inspired by his adventures and experiences. This project began in September 2013 when Michael approached the Nature Trust with his unique idea to promote conservation in this way. Michael was originally inspired by a series of music videos that were filmed on the nature preserves and wanted to challenge himself to discover what made each conserved space special.
As of March 2015, he has visited 24 preserves and completed 12 paintings, with several others underway. Michael has also become an excellent ambassador for the Nature Trust and conservation in the province, as he has spoken about the project at many events, including the Dooryard Arts Festival and Paint the Hartland. He has also led conservation-themed art workshops for school groups and at Nature Trust events such as the grand opening celebration for Green Island Nature Preserve in Florenceville-Bristol.
Michael has created a blog to share his adventures, as well as showcase his painting progress. To follow along and see this project come to life, visit: conservationcanvas.weebly.com.
About the Artist
Michael McEwing is an artist and art educator who is currently working in the Carleton County area of New Brunswick, Canada. He has multiple post-secondary degrees based in fine arts and education which include a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 2006 and two degrees from the University of New Brunswick: a Bachelor of Education with a major in Secondary Arts in 1995 and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Multimedia Studies received in 2000.
McEwing works with a variety of mediums, which can range from oil and acrylic painting to printmaking and mixed media. Aside from bringing awareness to conservation efforts in New Brunswick, he also strives for the arts within his own community and in the field of education. He helped form the River Valley Arts Alliance in 2008 with other art enthusiasts who work together to hold the annual Dooryard Arts Festival in Woodstock.