Robert Bateman began teaching at Nelson High School in Burlington, Ontario in 1958. Shortly afterwards he purchased 10 acres of land on Britannia Road. This location offered wonderful views and access to the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Trail and also provided inspiration for a number of his works. Many local residents still have fond memories of seeing Robert walking or hiking through the area. In August of 1985, he and his family moved to Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Robert Bateman’s realistic and evocative painting style reflects his deep understanding and appreciation for nature, featuring wildlife in its natural habitat and encouraging the viewer to closely observe the natural world. Besides being one of Canada’s foremost artists, he is also a naturalist recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s ‘heroes of conservation’. He is a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes.
Robert has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada and fourteen honorary doctorates. He has been the subject of several films and books.
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