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Wading Pool
8 x 10
This artwork was chosen for the Algonquin Art Centre’s 2012 exhibition. The exhibition focused on water in all its forms and the importance of watershed conservation to the variety of ecosystems within the park. In this piece I wanted the moose to be a secondary element to the water. The moose is primarily in shadow and is only visible when outlined by the sunlit ripples of the water’s surface. Having submerged its head, the rivulets of water draining from the fur show the most intricate scratch work detail.

Algonquin Park is home to the headwaters of five major rivers in Canada and the largest population of moose in Ontario. It is no coincidence that moose congregate near bodies of water. In the summer, moose require high levels of sodium that their winter diet does not provide. Aquatic vegetation, the source of this replenishing mineral, makes up half of their summer diet. Moose can dive several meters underwater in search of aquatic plants. Water quality can have an enormous impact on the nutrient status and health of plants causing deficiencies in the diet of these amazing animals.