Colwood artist Deborah Czernecky’s painting, Morning Row (above), has been selected for Ducks Unlimited Canada’s 2018 national art portfolio, which helps raise funds for wetland conservation. (Deborah Czernecky painting)

Colwood artist supporting wetland conservation

Deborah Czernecky one of 11 artists in national art portfolio

Kayaking on a lake in Interior B.C., Deborah Czernecky was hit with inspiration.

It was a misty early morning, the lake was still and the sounds of Loons echoed in the distance. A fisherman in a rowboat silently appeared out of the mist.

While they didn’t acknowledge each other, they both took the moment to appreciate the serenity of nature.

Czernecky has since taken that moment of serenity and transformed it into a painting called Morning Row.

Now, that work has been selected as one of 11 pieces to be a part of Ducks Unlimited Canada’s 2018 national art portfolio to help raise funds for wetland conservation work, scientific research and education programs.

Czernecky, whose piece was selected from hundreds of submissions from artists across the country, said she was honoured to be chosen for the portfolio that’s for a good cause.

“Wetlands are some of the most important ecosystems on the planet,” she said in an email from Mexico. “They naturally clean water, prevent floods and droughts, and help mitigate the effects of climate change by holding large amounts of carbon.”

Her painting will be turned into high-quality prints and will be used in fundraising initiatives. Ducks Unlimited Canada is a registered charity that works with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.

For more information or to purchase Czernecky’s work visit

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