Artist Robert Bateman talks about art, inspiration, teaching, the importance of hope and why we all need to spend more time in nature with Skaana (@skaanapod) host Mark Leiren-Young (@leirenyoung).

“If you’ve got an eye for it, nature is everywhere.”

“One of my missions in life is to get get more kids out into nature.”

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Show Notes:

  • Introduction to Robert Bateman (0:00)
  • What is Robert Bateman painting while we talk – sandhill cranes (4:47)
  • “A lot of doing art and I guess anything is perspiration rather than inspiration.” (6:12)
  • Why he became a teacher (10:40)
  • How he moved from Ontario to BC (12:35)
  • What is a naturalist? (15:13)
  • “My whole life story has been planned around having adventures in nature.” (17:37)
  • Penguins and wildebeests (25:31)
  • “One of my missions in life is to get get more kids out into nature.” (27:09)
  • Canaries in coal mines. (32:56)
  • “Mostly I just paint things that I love.” (35:35)
  • Forming the Bateman Foundation (36:26)
  • Art and nature. (43:48)
  • Loving whales. (54:12)
  • Orca Procession – the painting in Orcas Everywhere. (59:54)

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