Amherst, N.S., Feb. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Connecting Canadians with the benefits of conservation is central to the Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) National Art Portfolio.

“Among our greatest challenges in wetland conservation is transforming how people relate to the natural world,” says Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Artists have a unique ability to evoke people’s feelings about the importance of our land, water and wildlife. They are strong proponents of conservation and their artwork is a powerful tool for building appreciation and support for wetland conservation in Canada.”

The 2019 National Art Portfolio is a collection of memorable moments that highlight the importance of Canada’s natural environment to our Canadian lifestyles. “Each year DUC receives hundreds of submissions,” says Guyn. “We select pieces that we feel can inspire Canadians to reflect on their own experiences in nature and to embrace wetland conservation within their lives.”

Nova Scotia’s Guy Hobbs is among the artists chosen for this year’s collection with Company of Wolves, a piece that honors and respects the wild societies trying to survive next to our own. Wolves have largely disappeared from the landscape in Atlantic Canada, so Hobbs had to travel to see them. While taking reference photos, Hobbs had the rare privilege of observing three generations in a single pack, which quickly became the inspiration for his winning work. “I was struck by the organized society and social complexity of the pack, as well as the diversity of character within the group,” says Hobbs of his often elusive subjects.

DUC has been partnering with artists on the National Art Portfolio since 1986. The annually-released collection is up for auction with proceeds funding DUC’s conservation work. Canadians can bid on pieces in the collection now at

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Cheryl Moser
Ducks Unlimited Canada -- Head Office

Chelsea Murray
Ducks Unlimited Canada -- Nova Scotia