Six BC Postcards

The Virtuoso Symposium is an exclusive network of elite travel advisors in 44 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. This year 550 members gathered in Vancouver from May 3-7 to experience West Coast Canadian culture, spectacular scenery and outdoor adventure. The opening night was a glittery cocktail reception hosted by the Rocky Mountaineer, luxury rail travel from the Rockies to the West Coast. My new series of acrylics, highlighting some of the iconic scenery around British Columbia, was used to decorate the train headquarters for the night. It was a real thrill to show my paintings as a series and share my experiences and love for the BC landscape. These paintings are now for sale at Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, Whistler.


Black Tusk

Black Tusk is a dramatic volcanic pinnacle in Garibaldi Provincial Park. It's a very distinctive landmark, easily seen from the Sea to Sky Highway and lures hikers every Summer to make the overnight trek to Garibaldi Lake and beyond. The Squamish people believe it was the fiery Thunderbird that caused the mountain's iconic jagged and blackened appearance.

Woodland

The temporate, coastal rainforest is one of my favourite painting subjects in BC. The foliage, branches, moss, ferns create a cacophony of shapes, making the painting process very spontaneous and energetic. The trick is to somehow unify the seemingly chaotic scene and bring random elements into harmony. This forest is at the foot of a glacier in Squamish Valley.

Driftwood Blooms

There's a turning off the highway at the base of Furry Creek Golf course, which leads to beach side residences at Oliver's Landing. There's a public trail along the beach, which is beautifully landscaped and leads to a small bay. I've spent many happy hours there, sketching and breathing the fresh ocean air. Driftwood logs pile up and wild flowers, salmonberry bushes, wild grasses invade the dead roots. In this painting I love the contrasting serenity of the ocean and islands and the windblown wildflowers.

 

Reflecting Pool

This is a memory of Fawn Lake along the Four Lakes Trail in Alice Lake Provincial Park. The water was kind of a milky jade from the glacial run off, sunlight hit the surface and the whole expanse of water seemed so complex and multi dimensional. I love the upside down feel of lake reflections.

Rocky Ridge

From the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, there are a range of beautiful trails including Al's 'Habrich Trail', which offers spectacular views out across Squamish Valley. The rugged, rocky landscape is full of flora and fauna and the dappled evening light sets everything off in a beautiful richness of colour and contrast.

Desolation Sound

This is still a work in progress - a view of the spectacular coast mountains in Desolation Sound. I was invited to be guest art instructor on a sailing expedition through the sound one Summer a few years ago. I made several sketches from the bough of the ship, as we sailed through watery inlets and passages. I was struck by the scale of the surrounding coast mountains and the light which darted through the inlet passages.