Dr. Andreas Kåre Hellum studied forestry at the University of British Columbia and completed a PhD at the University of Michigan. He went on to teach silviculture at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he is now a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Renewable Resources. A father of three, he currently lives in Sherwood Park, AB, and works as a translator of Norwegian, his native language.
While visiting the nation of Bhutan, located between India and China, Hellum organized a Bhutanese foundation for forestry research, in addition to painting the local flora. His previous title, A Painter’s Year in the Forests of Bhutan, is the result of his research and original artwork from Bhutan, which portray several species of flora rarely seen by North Americans.
Hellum has also published four handbooks on how to identify tree seedlings, in Bhutan (1990) , Guyana (1994), Thailand (2000), and Malaysia (2005). He also contributed illustrations to Alberta Parks: Our Legacy, in 2002. In 2002, Hellum designed a gold coin for The Royal Mint in Ottawa, which features his picture of the prickly rose, Alberta's provincial flower.
His latest book, Listening to Trees, an enlightening account of Hellum's half-century career as a forester, was released in September 2008.