Paintings of Western Canada
Majestic mountains, Glacier lakes, Rolling plains, and dense forestry.
Big White, Kelowna, BC – Oil on Canvas
This painting begins a new series bringing excitement and joy to my face.
I had not skied since my accident in June of 2015. I was left with so many hesitations about returning to any kind of physical activity for fear of falling. So, like my personality often dictates: “go big or go home,“ off I went with three of my kids to Kelowna this past March.
I knew this little piece of paradise would become a series as soon as I hit the slopes. After a few runs and incredible encouragement and support from my kids, I felt it again. That rush, so to speak, as I glided down the slopes.
Each run improved, and I was hungry for more each day. I started taking in the views, snapping photos and greatly appreciating the “ wonder” surrounding me. One side of the mountain would have zero visibility, frozen tree tops and ice-piercing winds, and at the same time, we would find green and blue spruces, protection from the elements and sun on our faces on the other side. On the same day, two extreme elements. Winter Wonder it is.
24h 36w canvas | 28h 40w framed
Canadian Reds Hit the Slopes
Panorama Ski Resort, BC – Oil Canvas
My sister takes beautiful photographs living out west in Calgary. She recently bought a home in Invermere, and is often sending me photos of the mountains.
A part of me has always wished I lived our west, and many years ago we considered it. I think the fear of packing up five children and making such a drastic move deterred us. I must say, if given the chance again I think I’d go. There’s a feeling, an emotion that stirs within me being in the mountains. It’s always so breathtaking and each time feels like the first. I’m grateful for my family and friends that share their beauty around them with me.
Photo credit A.McNally
28h 22w canvas | 32h 26w framed
Harmony of Winter Series
As my gallery has now been opened for two weeks, I dive into my new series of paintings titled ‘Harmony Of Winter’. The first snowfall has arrived and I am immediately drawn to the beauty and magic of a fresh fallen snowy landscape. Keeping this series soft and harmonic was my theme as I feel our world needs this right now, almost like one of my mottos: “less is more”.
This was initially inspired by a photo from Whistler, whereby I did I large painting of Glacier Creek, but it soon took on its own direction — reminding me of our family trip to Whistler in 2011. Our five kids were all together skiing after my Dad had just passed and I recall taking a moment amongst the mountains and pines and spruces just taking it all in. Harmony comes to mind as being with my whole family who made everything okay. Enjoy.
48h 48w canvas | 52h 52w framed