Cory Trepanier is a Canadian artist whose passion is exploring, painting and filming in raw wilderness landscapes (www.trepanieroriginals.com).
He has directed, edited, written, hosted, and even shot much of his films, which include A Painter’s Odyssey, Into The Arctic, and Canadian Screen Award-nominated Into The Arctic II. His marriage of landscape painting, film, and wild places has led him to tackle challenges few encounter, including: a knee-punishing trek on Ellesmere Island with a 120lb backpack filled with painting, filming, and camping gear; ravaging hoards of mosquitoes eating him while painting at the edge of the highest waterfall in the world above the Arctic Circle; being surrounded by Arctic wolves considering him as their next prey; canoeing up to an immense iceberg to paint it from the unique floating point of view; and painting Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, from the Kluane ice fields 10,000 feet from the largest non-polar ice fields on earth—all for the sake of his art.
Trépanier has appeared on Canada AM, Global’s The Morning Show, CBC Radio, as a feature story in Global’s 16×9:The Bigger Picture, and in the Toronto Star, among others.
Through his original and passionate vision, expressed through art, films, public speaking and online media, Cory hopes to inspire others with our planet’s natural wonders.
The Coast To Canvas Project was Trépanier’s first multi-media project, which saw him paint and film along the rugged coastlines of Lake Superior and Georgian Bay for a month in each season, accompanied by his wife and two and five year old daughters.
Into The Arctic followed, a collection of 50 paintings and two films from one end of the Canadian Arctic to the other through three extensive expeditions. His family joined him for the first leg, a 2.5 month-long trek to the western Canadian Arctic when his daughters were then seven and 11 years old.
In addition, he created 2 films airing on numerous channels in Canada and internationally, including CBC, HIFI, Bravo, Canal D, APTN), and toured his Into The Arctic II film, presenting the incredible north on the big screen in 11 cities.
TrueWild: A Legacy for the National Parks is Cory’s latest multi-year wilderness legacy project that aims to engage—through fine art, films, online content, mainstream media, public speaking, and more—millions of people in the years to come with Canada’s spectacular wild places.
In early 2012, Cory traveled to Whitehorse, Yukon for a speaking engagement. Before heading home, he drove west, and 2 hours later found himself face to face with the spectacular mountains of Kluane National Park for the first time. Having only the day to look around before catching a flight, Cory soaked in what he could, which included beginning a small oil painting called “Edge of Kluane”.
This introduction left its mark, and left Cory wondering, and longing, for what lay beyond the first row of mountains.
With the first chapter of TrueWild getting underway in July of 2013, Cory satisfied his artistic craving with a month-long expedition that took him past those snow capped peaks where he explored, painted and filmed in the majesty of the Yukon’s Kluane National Park & Reserve.
ABOVE: Extended trailer for Cory Trepanier’s Into The Arctic II film.
Watch Into The Arctic II and Cory’s other productions at the Trepanier Online Theatre, where his films can also be downloaded and are available on DVD .