Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba/Chilliwack – Laura Levitsky of Chilliwack joins some of Canada’s most prestigious nature artists featured in Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) 2018 National Art Portfolio. By donating her artwork to DUC, Levitsky is helping raise important funds for wetland conservation.
Levitsky’s painting, The Suitors, is one of 11 pieces selected from hundreds of submissions from artists across the country. Levitsky was also named DUC’s 2018 Waterfowl Stamp and Print artist.
“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,” says Michaela Bell, DUC’s national manager of retail operations.
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. Wetlands are some of the most important ecosystems on the planet. They naturally clean water, prevent floods and droughts, and help mitigate the effects of climate change by holding large amounts of carbon.
“DUC has a strong relationship with Canadian artists like Laura Levitsky,” says Bell. “I’m confident her painting will be very successful in helping us raise the money we need to continue our wetland conservation work.”
Levitsky’s painting The Suitors features three wood ducks – some of North America’s most striking and colourful waterfowl species. She says she was attracted to the challenge of capturing their beauty and elegance in a painting. “They are truly amazing in the light with all the colours changing with every move they make.”
Artwork by Laura Levitsky 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