Robert Bateman has been hailed as the most influential wildlife artist of the twentieth century. Since his first one-man show in 1967, he has had numerous exhibitions in Canada, in the United States, and abroad—including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and a recent tour of major galleries in Russia—and his work is held in public and private collections worldwide. Bateman is an Officer of the Order of Canada, has been the subject of numerous films, and has twelve honorary degrees. Ten collections of his work have been published, and two of his books have made publishing history by selling more than half a million copies. His lifelong passion for wildlife and nature led to his second career as an advocate for environmental concerns, a role for which he has received numerous awards and public recognition. Bateman lives on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.