A dedicated artist has been fighting hypothermia and freezing winds for over 15 years in order to paint the landscape in peace and quiet surrounded by penguins.
Watch Artist Paint In The Cold Surrounded By Penguins!
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55-year-old David McEown from Canada is working in demanding conditions for up to 8 hours per day despite strong winds, snow, and rain.
As the landscape painter explained, he starts his journey in the Falkland Islands from where he makes his way to Antarctica to capture the wildlife populations and mesmerizing landscape on canvas.
“My main motivations are the wonder and sheer joy of experiencing these creatures, studying the change in these environments, and the technical and aesthetic challenge of painting it all,” the artist revealed.
“I’m a landscape painting and the penguins come in and out of that, I like how the penguins interconnect with the landscapes.
“They are moving around, flapping and it’s really difficult, it’s a lot of fun compared to a stage landscape or something non-moving. I set myself up and don’t approach them, respecting the five-meter rule, but once I’m settled, they come right up to me.”
According to David, the fast-changing environment and climate change are what drives him to document the nature of Antarctica before it changes forever.
“They are sociable animals, they congregate and hang out, so think I’m a ‘big penguin’ or something, it’s pretty comical – at times it looks like they are critiquing my work,” he added, speaking of his companions, the penguins.
“I have had them all around me and often you can see their courtships happening in front of you. The funniest thing is to watch them crash land out of the water right in front of me, they are really surprised that I’m sitting there. I believe I’m there in these places as a witness and I go there with respect and gratitude.
“From there hopefully the penguins and other creatures allow me within these wonderful landscapes and the impressions come through to tell the story of these amazing places.”
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