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A St. James artist’s painting is being used on a stamp to promote conservation efforts in Canada.
Lori Boast’s painting, Sun Kissed Cinnamon — Cinnamon Teal, was chosen to be the 2014 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print. The stamp is the 30th anniversary stamp in the series.
Every year, Wildlife Habitat Canada holds an art competition, inviting artists to submit their design for the annual stamp and print. This year, each artist was supposed to depict the bird known as the cinnamon teal.
"It was a beautiful little bird," Boast said. "I had to name my painting, and the name ‘Sun Kissed Cinnamon’ came to me, and I pictured the drake in bright plumage, in cinnamon-coloured plumage with the sun hitting him."
As the winner of the contest, Boast received $5,000 in prize money.
"I’m now committed to drawing small little drawings on a certain number of prints — they’re called remarques," Boast explained.
According to a release, the conservation stamp is "purchased primarily by waterfowl hunters to validate their migratory game bird hunting permits." The stamp is also sold to "print purchasers, stamp collectors, and individuals interested in contributing to conservation, enhancement and restoration of wildlife habitat in Canada."
"They’re not for postage," Boast said.
In addition to being an artist, Boast also works at Parks Canada as an IT manager, so conservation is not new to her.
The stamp will officially launch at Rousseau Timbres et Monnaies à la Baie in Montreal, Que. on April 6. Boast will be in attendance.
Boast is no stranger to entering competitions to turn her artwork into stamps. Last year, Boast won third place in the Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Stamp Competition.
"Entering contests gives me a goal, a time, a parameter. It gives me a goal to work towards," Boast said.
For more information about Wildlife Habitat Canada, visit whc.org
For more information about Boast, visit loriboast.com