Nova Scotia Nature Trust | Nova Scotians Protecting Nova Scotia

A Brush with Natural Beauty

Nova Scotian artist and Eastern Shore native Janice Stewart spent the two years capturing the 100 Wild Islands in fifteen beautiful watercolour and acrylic paintings. She has also created fifteen pen and ink drawings which have been turned into a beautiful colouring book that is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike!

When asked why she embarked on this project, Janice explained “The Eastern Shore holds a special place in my heart. I grew up there, my dad and mom grew up there, and my ancestors settled there when they came from Europe. The islands were my play ground when I was young and I spent many days exploring and marvelling at the natural beauty all around me.”

“When I heard that the Nature Trust had launched a campaign to protect them, I knew I wanted to do what I could to help, not only to raise funds but to bring awareness to that beauty. The series took me two years of drawing, painting and researching. Through my art I want the viewer to experience the beautiful landscapes of these islands that Mother Nature and time perfected.”

In August 2016, the paintings were unveiled at a beautiful event hosted by the Deanery Project in Ship Harbour, and they were displayed for the month of October at the McCarthy Gallery on the NSCC Truro Campus.

Janice is offered all of the paintings and colouring books, as well as scenic notecards, for sale. All proceeds will be generously donated to the Nature Trust to help preserve the 100 Wild Islands.

Anyone interested in purchasing a painting can reach Janice at, and the coloring books and notecards are available for purchase at the Nature Trust office in Halifax, Murphy's Camping on the Ocean in Murphy’s Cove, and at Uprooted Café and Market in Musquodoboit Harbour.