The Boy Who Painted Nature

The Boy Who Painted Nature
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Artwork by Robert Bateman

Celebrated artist Robert Bateman is renowned internationally for bringing the natural ?world to life on the canvas. A naturalist and painter from his youth, Robert has for decades used his recognition to shed light on environmental issues and advocate for animal welfare.

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature is the story of how a young child achieved his dream of painting the world around him and became one of Canada’s most famous artists.

Using Robert’s own personal photographs, sketches and artwork, author Margriet Ruurs weaves a simple story of inspiration and encouragement. A story to motivate all the budding artists and naturalists in your life, with proceeds benefiting The Bateman Foundation.

*BC Bestseller!
Quill & Quire:
“The immersive, documentary-style narration describes “Bobby” in his natural environment. There is the behind-the-scenes thrill of peeking at Bateman’s coil-bound, black-and-white preliminary sketches, along with a candid, on-location photo, showing the artist sitting on a rocky shore, calmly watching a penguin waddle right up beside him.”

Also available as Read-Along and Audio Book:

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Celebrating this beautiful book at the Bateman Centre, Victoria BC and at the Salt Spring Island Public Library: