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"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| 19 x 29" (Framed Size43 x 33")
Accepted through first Jury of the World Watercolour Competition, Jan. 2014
"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.
Watercolour and Charcoal | 38 x 18" (52 x 32" Framed)
One of our favourite places to ski is up the Paradise Valley in Banff National Park. It's often in the shadow of Mt. Temple, but at the right time of day, the light penetrates the thick forest near the creek and creates pools of light. Heavy with snow and frost the trees lean towards the light as if to pickup the last of the day's warmth, the creek meandering happily by. This piece is a mixture of charcoal and watercolour, the charcoal lending itself to the black of forest depths and monochrome of snow, but warmed by subtle rose, gold, burnt sienna and pale indigo- all colours experienced in winter when one has time to look.
"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.
Watercolour| 18 x 29” (33 x 42 1/2” framed)
While prowling the maze of cobblestone streets of the medieval town of Assissi Italy, scouting out a place for dinner that evening, I peered into this inviting stone cavern. The candles had just been lit, crisp linens and sparkling crystal carefully laid, ready for what I imagined was a going to be a grand feast. The rustic stone vault and heavy wood furnishings are contrasted with glass, china and flickering candles - light and warmth.
Watercolour | 21 x 7" (33 x 19” framed) | $1,820.00
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 14" (34 x 27" framed)
One of my favourite place to hike is at a remote set of lakes in the White Goat Wilderness area east of the Icefields Parkway, North of the David Thompson Highway. At 7000 ft. the landscape is a bit stark, but the isolation is delicious. “First Drops” shows the lower lake before it falls over a 1000 ft. cliff on it’s way to join the Cline River. The first drops of rain are the only disturbance in the shallow calm water - a 5 minute warning to take cover from an incoming storm. The mountains in the back ground echo a parapet on the far side of a moat.
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.
Charcoal | 36 x 12" (50 x 26" Framed) $3800
Mt. Rundle is spectacular from any angle, but the view from Vermillion lakes shows it’s classic wedge shape, which seems to be sculpted by the wind, a wisp of cloud so often sailing from the apex. The low vantage point on Vermillion lake make the trees appear almost as a nest, cradling the giant. Black and white pares down complexity revealing architectural structure, the snow-etched face of a fortress.