One of Manitoba's most famous artists has died at the age of 98.
You've probably seen his work - Tillenius created those dramatic, life-like dioramas that grace the Manitoba Museum. Five are on display there, including the Polar Bear, Barren-ground Caribou, the Pronghorn Antelope and the Boreal Forest Moose diorama. The largest is the Red River Buffalo Hunt, which he created over a space of five years for the opening of the museum in 1970.
Those on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa have been deemed "natural treasures". He created 18 dioramas in all.
To create these works, Tillenius travelled to the far reaches of Canada to observe the animals in their natural habitats, no small feat for a man with one arm. In 1936 he suffered an accident while working on the railway and lost his right arm, so he learned to paint with his left hand.
Tillenius was born in Sandridge, MB and grew up on a farm in the Interlake. He created a portrait of the family dog when he was four years old and his love for art - and for nature - never waned.
"He's known for really capturing the essence of the animal and its nature," says Claudette Leclerc, CEO of the Manitoba Museum.
"He was an extraordinary man and an extraordinary artist, and The Manitoba Museum is honoured to have so much of his legacy on display for future generations,"
Many of his paintings can also be seen in the Pavillion Gallery at Assiniboine Park.
Clarence Tillenius received the Order of Manitoba in 2003 and the Order of Canada in 2005.