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Pine Marten, by Claudio D'Angelo (2013)

<i>Pine Marten</i>, by Claudio D'Angelo (2013)


Pine Marten, by Claudio D'Angelo (2013)


 


The artist, Claudio D'Angelo


CLAUDIO D'ANGELO was born in Montreal in 1956. A childhood passion for drawing led him to study commercial art and subsequently work for several years as an illustrator/designer in an ad agency. In his spare time he steadfastly pursued his desire to paint the birds and animals that had inspired and fascinated him for so long. An important painting commission for Cast Shipping Ltd. in 1980 permitted him to leave advertising and devote his time fully to painting.

Seeing nature as an inexhaustible source of inspiration, Claudio finds it essential to reinvigorate himself and his work by continually returning to it. At the core of his work is the desire to show the graceful form and colour of his animal subjects, so beautifully harmonized with their natural surroundings.

Claudio's work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. As well, his commissioned images have appeared on coins for the Royal Canadian Mint and on several conservation stamps for the Fondation de la Faune du Québec. His work has been the subject of several magazine articles and has been showcased in books such as L’Âme des Oiseaux (Éditions Henri Rivard, 2005), The Best of Wildlife Art (North Light Books, 1997) and From the Wild (Summerhill Press, 1986). A signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, he exhibits often in their annual group shows. As well, he exhibits at the Algonquin Art Center in Ontario and the Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, in which he is represented in their permanent collection.

Pine Marten

Once, where there were pines, spruce and hemlock forests, you would find Pine Martens; thousands of them. During the 85 years, 1821 to 1905 inclusive, the Hudson’s Bay Company collected 7,006,554 skins; another 2,611,500 were taken by other fur traders during roughly the same period. The average annual take was 119,000 pelts of fur quality. Probably twice that number was discarded as being inferior. Little wonder that the species was extirpated over much of its southern range. Had its fur been considered as luxurious as the Russian sable, the Pine Marten would almost certainly have been brought to the point of no return across its range from coast to coast. In the 1940s top prices for skins reached $100, but by the 1972 season, 56,231 Marten were traded for an average price of $8.33 with little incentive from the fur industry. Here in Quebec the Marten is making a comeback. Omnivorous, but with a special taste for red squirrels and mice, their range is expanding, and although usually nocturnal and arboreal, it is now quite common to see them in daytime and on the ground.
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