acrylic painting on 30” x 40” wood panel, gallery style
This portrait of Nina Munteanu, a Canadian ecologist and writer, expresses her love for nature, especially water. As a Limnologist, a scientist who studies all aspects of a lake, river, stream, or wetland, Nina reconnected with her inner child through science. She was born in a small town in Quebec, around farming communities, where water bubbles and gurgles in at least two languages, and when she fell in love with living water.
She’s written award winning sci-fi and non-fiction books about water, aiming to teach and inspire us to respect our place in the natural world. A waterfall flows over Nina’s shoulder, making her part of a landscape, thus part of the ecological system she’s in love with.
The spiralling Celtic knot design wraps around Romanian folk sewing patterns to honour Nina’s heritage. They represent protection and regeneration. She’s always telling people to plant trees! The spiral knot design symbolizes evolution, emergence and growth, and drawing inward in order to expand. The Ram symbolizes Nina’s birth sign and represents courage, its horn a “horn of plenty”, symbolizing abundance. Aries natives are said to be pioneers and approach life “head-on”.
A Canadian ecologist and internationally published novelist of science fiction and fantasy, Nina has eight published novels. She’s written award-nominated short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world.
Part history, science, and part philosophy and spirituality, “Water Is…” combines Nina’s personal journey with scientific discovery that explores water’s many “identities” and ultimately our own.
Now Margaret Atwood’s choice for books to read in New York Times 2016 ‘Year in Reading’
Nina believes Eco-fiction can save the planet. It can provide direction and the opportunity for resolution and triumph. She asks us to look to the cautionary tales of Huxley, Orwell, Heinlein, Bradbury and Atwood, who nurtured the seeds of dissent and change. “Environmental fiction and eco-SF is growing in prominence because it needs to.”
About A Diary in the Age of Water
Centuries from now, in what used to be northern Canada, Kyo, a young acolyte yearns for Earth’s past – before the “Water Twins” destroyed humanity. Plagued by vivid dreams of this holocaust, Kyo discovers the diary of Lynna, a limnologist from a time prior to the destruction. The diary spans a twenty-year period and describes a planet in the grip of severe water scarcity. Lynna works for the international utility that controls everything about water, records humanity’s demise. A Diary in the Age of Water follows the climate-induced journey of Earth and humanity through four generations of women, each with a unique relationship to water.
Nina is a Supernatural Natural Resource
What you can do
Nina wants us to plant trees, and learn as much as we can about our environment. This will inform us on the best actions we can take in a changing landscape.
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