I began painting after leaving ecological conservation, which, along with a degree in wildlife biology, has focused my artwork on our deep connections with the natural world. I see my work as being a transition from conservation and how we relate to the past, into the redesigning of reality, inspiring a shift in our anthropocentric vantage-point. My paintings reflect a yearning to further pursue the depths of our links with the non-human. In an effort to evoke a vivid sense of direct experience, I paint stories of re-inspiring our reciprocity with the fluid and ever-changing natural landscape. These stories are a reflection of an ancient desire to re-unite our mental concepts with our bodily awareness, grounding them in the living world. The paintings play with the idea of looking through our investigations, classifications, sciences and technologies, into active, subjective participation with an integral, holistic and mysterious ecosystem.

Collin Elder’s Gallery