McLennan’s work is a not so subtle but beautifully rendered comment on the state of the environment today. Through in-depth research about the natural world around him and careful studying of animals and their behavior in their natural habitat, McLennan is able to gain an understanding that not only enables him to ask the “what if” questions but allows him delineate the possible scenarios of a new natural order. “This is my nature show. I am the director, cameraman and narrator.”
Bears made of leaves, torn asunder are no longer predators; their leaves thrown in the air become confetti for a sort-of grim celebration, their carcasses become nests for more delicate species. “These paintings are brief lessons in ecology, natural history, and evolution,” says McLennan. Brief but poignant lessons, fables, which shed light on the fragility of our own existence in a world in which resources are taken for granted.