How light changes our perception and experience of
landscape and architecture. 

Upcoming solo exhibition at Canada House Gallery, Banff, April 2018

I have been working on my solo exhibition at Canada House Gallery in Banff, opening April 18, 2018.  "Wildlight" will be a cross-section of landscapes and architecture focusing on dramatic light, as experienced through travel in and around the wilds of western Canada. The invitation painting "Wildlight" (watercolour & Charcoal) is inspired by a ski trip up to Stanley Glacier near Vermillion pass in Kootenay National Park.  The sun is very low in the afternoons in mid winter, gracing the landscape with oblique sweeps of light and long shadows, highlighting the shape of snow and delicate lines of trees, and sparkles off running water. We are heading out to that part of the world over new year's, in pursuit of more wild light. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

24th Annual Exhibition, the Follow-Up


Finally, there is time to come up for air after the annual exhibition, which opened on November 9th at Edmonton's Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.  That morning we hauled 31 paintings to the exhibition space and spent the next 4.5 hour installing, lighting and labeling  them with our team of four.  Flowers, furniture, music, were arranged, a purchase desk assembled, details obsessed over, then we retreated to our rooms for a short break before meeting our larger volunteer team at 4:30 and opening the doors at 5:00 p.m. At 10:00 p.m. the whole process is done in reverse, and the entire installation is moved back to my studio in the morning.



The exhibition went very smoothly, except for the complete technical meltdown whereby we couldn't get our online exhibition running at 5:00 as promised (!)  It didn't get solved until around 8:00, so my apologies to those who were let down.  We will do better next year.


The evening is the premier of the 2017 paintings - the first 5 hours when the public can view the work.  Over the next few weeks, the available paintings will be shown at my studio and at Canada House Gallery in Banff. Contact us to make arrangements for viewing.

Finally, a thank you to all of my volunteers, guests, collectors, and travelers, and the many businesses I work with to make it happen. 

Although we are all exhausted and it seems a long way off, we're very much looking forward to next year's 25th Anniversary Exhibition, "Silver."


International Watercolour Society Competition

I just received some happy news from the International Watercolour Society, about my painting "Ascent" (42 x 24" | Private Collection.)

"From over 1450 paintings your entry has been selected as one of the 150 finalists in IWS Canada’s ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ contest. Your image has been included in a special Canada 150 celebratory video which has just been published on Facebook and on YouTube. The painting will also be featured on our website iwscanada.ca.

Thank you for helping us to celebrate our nation's 150th birthday."


Exhibition Update

The 24th Annual Exhibition "Scotland" is approaching fast.  Though it seems like November 9th is a long way off, there are a thousand details to accomplish between now and then.  In addition to finishing the paintings (just a minor detail!) frames need to be ordered, an e-invitation designed and mailed, hotel catering details finalized, volunteers confirmed.  I finished designing the invitations which are currently at the printer - with a press check next week and a stuffing bee to follow, they should be in the mail in the first week of October.  When the paintings are completely finished, I photograph them for my archive, then frame them all over a few days.  Then it's pricing, titling and packaging them up for the short trip through the valley to the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on the morning of the show, but more on that later. The next preview image will be posted on October 9.

Card Shop

By request of a dear friend and collector, our packages of greeting cards are now available from our website. Yes, greeting cards - old school analogue paper cards that you write on... with a pen no less.  🖋️ We accept Paypal, credit cards and Apple pay. We currently offer greeting cards in packages of 5 cards with white envelopes.  If you are interested in a mix and match approach, email us with you preference for images ( by title ) and we will assemble your custom package.  Cards are printed coated card stock for a clean and saturated image. 

Summer Newsletter

The Summer Newsletter has been mailed out.  Click on the image below for a link.  If you would like to receive the newsletter and exhibition invitations in your inbox, please Subscribe Below.

Summer Newsletter

Plate Tectonics

Jennifer has been invited to be part of TREX, a travelling exhibit produced by the Art Gallery of Alberta and funded by Alberta Foundation for the Arts . The exhibition entitled "Plate Tectonics" and curated by Shane Golby will travel Alberta from 2018 - 2020.  Five Alberta artists were chosen, each exhibiting 4 landscape paintings representative of a wide spectrum of styles and philosophies.

The AFA's Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program strives to ensure every Albertan is provided with an opportunity to enjoy fully developed exhibitions in schools, libraries, health care centres and smaller rural institutions and galleries throughout the province. Here is a link to the current TREX exhibition http://www.youraga.ca/exhibitions/trex  For more information, visit the AFA website.

Architecture of Landscape Exhibition

Thanks to Canada House Gallery for a successful solo exhibition of my new body of work, "The Architecture of Landscape," exhibited April 6 - 16, 2016.

The exhibition was composed of 22 new landscapes, architecture, and still lifes, exploring the architectural qualities of landscape, in terms of structure, strength, line, and geometry; and how architecture relates to it’s surroundings or landscape, with architectural and still life elements as a landscape in themselves.  These watercolours and charcoals mainly focus on Alberta’s wild and chaotic Rocky Mountains contrasted with Architecture, both local and European. Our terminology of mountains especially uses architectural language ie. spire, castle, buttress, fortress, column, cathedral and so on, and it feels natural to use these terms when experiencing the mountains. 

Painting Video

Enjoy this new short video explaining Jennifer's painting process.



For the past several months I've been working on my exhibition for Canada House Gallery - the new pieces will be posted on their website next week. I've also been working with friend /musician/ film maker/fellow explorer Glenn Thorpe (Back-Forty Productions) on a short video about my painting process for the Canada House Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwUhKgoOKvHPMZo4Iid1YtQ. A huge thanks to Glenn for his expertise, creativity, and patience!

Posted by Annesley Studio on Friday, 4 March 2016

International Artist Magazine Grand Prize

"Alpine Prospects" | Watercolour | 28 x 38” (42 x 52” framed) has been accepted through two juries to be featured in International Artist Magazine's April/May landscape issue. This piece is based on a sunset I was lucky to see while staying at the Alpine Club of Canada's Elizabeth Parker Hut at Lake O'Hara . Thunder rolled in from the west, while last light illuminated the spectacular peaks of Yoho National Park, reflected in the perfectly still kettle pond near the hut; the calm before the storm. It will be part of "The Architecture of Landscape" exhibition at Canada House Gallery April 6-19.


The Architecture of Landscape, Solo Exhibition

Solo Exhibition  |  Canada House Gallery, Banff Alberta  |  Artist's Reception: April 16, 2016

An exploration of the architectural qualities of landscape, in terms of structure, strength, line, and geometry, and how architecture relates to its surroundings, the landscape.  Our terminology of mountains especially uses architectural language ie. spire, castle, buttress, fortress, column, cathedral and so on, and it feels natural to use these terms when experiencing the mountains. The theory of Prospect and Refuge is a secondary theme of many of the works, that humans are most comfortable when they have the capacity to observe (prospect) without being seen (refuge,) - being protected while having a view. The exhibition will be comprised of both landscapes and architecture, and a small number of still lifes in architectural settings.

"Ascent" draws from our scramble up to Abbott Pass Hut near Lake O'Hara Lodge in Yoho National Park (The 2nd-highest permanently habitable structure in Canada At 9598 ft., straddling the Great divide between B.C. and Alberta Alpine Club of Canada.) The ascent up quartzite ledges and scree gullies is steep but the views are dizzying and well worth the effort. I hoped to capture the feeling of vertigo, looking down some 2100 ft. to the lake, with an impending autumn storm rolling in from the west - the precariousness of position and weather. From the emerald jewel of Lake Oesa at the bottom, the eye ascends the shoulders of Glacier & Ringrose Peaks to Mt. Biddle towering in the background. Fleeting shards of light contrast with shadowy pinnacles looming like gargoyles on a cathedral.