Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) with the proposal
for members to create an image representing Canada, to
Innis & Gunn has produced this special beer for Canadians as
a thank you for appreciating their brew. Artist Deborah Colvin
decided to try her hand at designing packaging artwork for the
first time. Out of 50 entries from the SCA, Colvin's design was
unanimously chosen by the brewery for her vision of Canada.
might look like to young Canadians. How does one visually
represent something as vast as one's nation?" says Colvin.
represent the country -- hockey, maps, and birch bark. She
says she started thinking about her childhood, growing up in
the Toronto area, when her cousins would come over to play
hockey on their backyard rink and
street hockey in the warmer weather.
psyche of Canadians," she says.
Canada she felt was also a very
and I loved it," says Colvin.
ences the rugged geography and
visually serves as a goal for the three
hockey players. The birch bark she
says embodies our connection with
nature and makes reference to the
non-Canadians of our spirit," she says.
late father and grandparents were born in Scotland. She says she
carried their memory with her through the creative journey.
illustrations. She spent her summers at Martha's vineyard as a
teenager and during her last summer there she took life-drawing
classes at an oceanfront gallery. She was strongly encouraged by
artists and teachers to pursue an art education and career.
abstracted human forms in mixed
media, which are often used as land-
scape or placed in cosmic settings.
represent something as
vast as one's nation?