Works Available at Canada House Gallery
201 Bear Street, Banff, Canada | 1-800-419-1298
"Evening on the Tauber" | Watercolour | 29 x 13” (42 x 26”framed) | $3600.00
While travelling the "Romantic Road" in Germany, we spent a few days in the walled medieval town of Rothenberg ob der Tauber. The red tile roofs, stout towers, and half timbered houses, some dating to 950 a.d. are beautifully preserved, and the view from the walls over the Bavarian landscape is an idyllic blend of mature forest and steep pitched roofs. The reward for walking the perimeter of the wall was a spectacular red and gold sunset. The quintessential medieval village settled down into the night, as it has for a millenium.
"Snow Garden" Watercolour 21 x 21" (35 x 35" framed)
Another in an ongoing series from Paradise Valley in Banff National Park , one of our favourite places to ski. This year we left the parking lot at a bracing -35, and skied into the valley under crackling sunshine. Skiing in that kind of weather is a challenge - weaknesses in gear are amplified and the cold creeps in when you stop moving for more than a few minutes. The reward was a spectacular bit of light and warmth falling on Paradise Creek, usually shadowed by Mt. Temple. This spot was an oasis warmed by late afternoon sun. Protected from the wind, the snow hangs luxuriantly on sleepy branches, generously blanketing the landscape, moss back lit like a crystal chandelier. The open creek reminds one of the rich life in the forest even in winter, and promises warmer days to come.
Watercolour | 21 x 7" (33 x 19” framed) | $1,820.00
"Stone Forest" | Charcoal | 43 x 29" (58 x 44” framed) | $7,200.00
Charcoal| 43 x 29" ( 57 x 43" framed ) Gothic cathedrals are mesmerizing to me with their complication and confounding detail; and through the act of drawing or painting them, one is slightly more able to understand their structure and design. Their multiple spires, mass, and ability to make one crane their necks to the sky in pure and confused awe remind me of an old growth forest, and they are even similar in age - Cologne Cathedral was started in 1248. (Tackling this sort of subject matter is a huge undertaking, but working through it I reminded myself of the thousands of workers and hundreds of years to build it in stone, so no complaining.) When we were there, a violent thunderstorm blew through and whipped up a sinister sky, but there was no light to work with, so the next day I took further reference photos and created a sky to hint at a coming storm and to form a counterpoint to the solidity of the forest of stone. http://www.canadahouse.com/dynamic/artwork_display.asp?ArtworkID=38605
Charcoal & Watercolour | 28.5 x 16" ( 41 x 28.5" framed) This winter we returned a little later than expected on a ski back from Citadel Pass through Sunshine Meadows to Banff Sunshine Village, but the upside is we got to see a spectacular sunset... Slow and steady wins the light (sometimes.) The contrast of the two mediums strengthens the warmth of the fiery sunset and the coolness of snow. Delicate clouds flirt with the imposing wall of "The Monarch", while a winter's night closes in. It seems as if the trees are gathering to watch the spectacle.
"Grand Central" | Watercolour | 10.5 x 28" (24 x 41”framed) | $3,500.00
The Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Station in NYC served as an office from 1923 to 1957, then had varied lives as a closet, a jail, CBS radio studio, and finally an elegant old school bar. We stumbled upon it while exploring Grand Central Station and I was smitten with the great mahogany bar, original leaded windows and the beamed ceiling.
The cool soft light of the window illuminates the bottles, incandescent lamps and red leather chairs warm and invite. The bar has just closed, and apparently it's going to be turned into a nightclub, essentially destroying the jazz age aesthetic.
Charcoal | 40 x 18" (54 x 32”framed) | $5400.00
This piece draws from a backpack trip we did this summer over North Molar Pass in Banff National Park to Fish Lakes. After returning over the pass in a white out, the sky opened and revealed the breathtaking view towards the serrated edge of Dolomite Peak, framed by graceful sweeps of snow coming off the shoulder of Mt. Andromache. Bits of mist rest in the contours of the alpine meadow, augmenting the contrast between the softness of meadow and sharpness of the surrounding peaks. Sunlight interrupted by a turbulent sky plays over the terrain. The title "Wanderlust" originates from the German words wandern (to hike) and lust (desire) - the enjoyment of hiking.
Watercolour | 10.5 x 29" (42 x 25” framed) | $3400.00
Watercolour | 14 x 21” (25.5 x 32.5" framed) | $3,300.00
The American Watercolor Societyaccepted "Westminster Abbey" into their 148th Annual International Exhibition, held at the historical Salmungundi Club in New York City, April 6 - 25, 2015.
Watercolour | 21 x 7" (34 x 20" framed) | $1820
After a long day in Paradise Valley, we skied down the last leg on the Moraine Lake Road just as the sun set. Across the valley towers Mt. Hector, with its mighty turret and snow covered foundations warmed by the last of the sun. Soft snow fields are a foil to the stony ramparts that seem to be soaking up the energy of the sun before nightfall. A range of fiery reds and oranges are cooled by cool mauves, blues and purples.
Watercolour| 12 x 26" ( 26 x 40" Framed) | $3200
"Ramparts" represents the north-east side of Mt. Rundle, the iconic 12 km massif in Banff National Park For me it echoes a great defensive wall of a medieval keep, complete with buttresses, crenellations and towers. The resolute solidity of the mountain contrasts with elegant streamers of snow blowing from the parapets, cloud nestled between turrets, and spears of sunlight illuminating the wall.