Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 10am-4pm at Florence Filberg Centre in Downtown Courtenay

Ricky Belanger


Author headshotMarine Biologist hailing from nowhere else but the grand Canadian Pacific Northwest.

Underwater Photography has been a passion since a very young age, beginning with waterproof film cameras and ongoing with full-fledged DSLR equipment.

I passionately combine my professional skills as a biologist and science communicator with my photography portfolio to produce a myriad of creative, educational, and sustainable pieces of artwork. This includes an educational colouring book, vinyl stickers, embroidered patches, art cards, and more!

My work has been featured in SCUBA H2O Magazine, and by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) on Social Media. My work is also featured in the educational Ocean Knowledge Cards produced by the Uu-a-thulk First Nation and Ocean Networks Canada.

Nearly everything I own is covered in sea salt.



Learn & Colour the Northeast Pacific (Children’s
Photography/Photo books)


Ricky is based in Campbell River.


Learn and Colour the Northeast Pacific is an educational colouring book featuring the charismatic, mysterious, and ecologically important creatures of the Northeast Pacific. This colouring book takes readers on a journey through four of our region’s most prominent marine ecosystems! Scenes in this colouring book are all inspired by my own local photographs, which I then digitally trace and assemble to capture natural behaviours and habitats as faithfully as possible. The soothing nature of the sea and the therapy of colouring creates an immersive experience that both residents and visitors of the Pacific Northwest can use to express their love for our ocean. ————————— Format & Pages ————————— Pages are formatted for a landscape, 11”x8” layout; several pages are drawn in an 8”x11” portrait format to keep things fresh. A coil binding allows artists to colour each page without having to hold open the book. Each of the 24 colouring sheets is paired with information and colourable fun facts on the opposite page. Pencil crayons not included!


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