Lake Louise Swish

Acrylic, 2019

Lake Louise Swish: Have you been to Lake Louise in Banff National Park in the Winter? It is a magical place, and the quintessential Canadian Christmas Card. When you walk onto the frozen lake and walk, snowshoe, ski or skate down to the base of the glacier, you are reminded just how small we are in the face of the Canadian landscape. There is a silence, the echo of nature, you can hear the snow fall from the trees and their branches bend under the weight of the wet snow. You hear the laughter of tourists and the sounds of the snow crunching under your feet. You hear the swish of the skates, skis and the wind as it blows through the valley. This marks the second painting in a series of large format landscape paintings on un-stretched cotton duck canvas. With this series I am inspired by the sounds of the landscape and the sounds of the music I am painting to in the studio. Using long strokes of gradiated colour, I am creating the sound of a landscape, on canvas. This series is all about colour, form, and atmosphere. The finished painting when stretched would be 7 feet wide by four feet high.