Jody Hewgill’s work explores narratives that emerge from the convergence of representation and fabrication, where the natural and the artificial meet and redefine ecological relationships. Her detailed acrylic paintings employ elements of pop-surrealism, infused with references to 18th century naturalist art, to reflect the ageless, and fragile, human relationship with the natural world. Jody lives and works in the Annex area of Toronto with her husband illustrator/ animator/designer Balvis Rubess. Their cabin in Northern Ontario becomes their summer studio, where Jody immerses herself with observing nature and infusing those discoveries into her paintings. Jody created the Novel Companions series as a visual celebration of our enduring bond with dogs, both real and fictional.