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Artist brings his northern adventure to Sheridan

March 26, 2014

Wolves, bears and extreme weather are just some of the obstacles Cory Trepanier faced in his quest to capture the most remote parts of the Canadian Arctic on canvas and film. The 1990 Illustration grad brought his Canadian Screen Award-nominated art adventure, Into the Arctic II to Sheridan on March 19.

Cory shared his journey from Sheridan illustration student to full-fledged painter, filmmaker and adventurer with a packed house at the Trafalgar Campus. Among the audience of alumni, students, faculty and friends was one of Cory’s professors, Doug Donald, who introduced his former student.

Cory’s foray into wilderness painting began in 2001 when he launched his first multi-media project. The Coast To Canvas Project resulted in 33 paintings, produced after he and his family went canoeing and camping off Lake Superior and Georgian Bay for one month of each season

His second project, Into The Arctic, is a collection of 50 paintings and two films spanning the Canadian Arctic gathered over three expeditions. Cory wrote, directed, edited, shot and narrated all of his films, in addition to painting the beautiful landscapes on canvas. Cory’s second film, Into the Arctic II, resulted in a nomination for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award.

Cory has now partnered with Parks Canada to launch his new venture, TrueWild: A Legacy for the National Parks. It’s a new multi-year wilderness legacy project that aims to inspire people to visit Canada’s spectacular National Parks —through fine art, films, online content, mainstream media, and more.

When back home, Cory works on his paintings in his barn studio in Caledon, Ontario. He paints large landscape paintings from the small paintings that he began in the field. He is currently developing the Into The Arctic Collection of paintings.