HOOPLA: EXCITING NOISE AND ACTIVITY IN CELEBRATION OF AN EVENT

HOOPLA: EXCITING NOISE AND ACTIVITY IN CELEBRATION OF AN EVENT

"Lets get a little crazy here."

Bob Ross

"Lets get a little crazy here."

Bob Ross

A TIMELESS LEGACY: PEACE PARK 2018

Canada and the U.S.A. physically share the Rocky Mountains, and in 1932 a dedicated group of Rotarians successfully campaigned to have the two National Parks that share the border between America and Canada officially deemed the Peace Park. The Peace Park is the real place where both countries are symbolically united through a mutual admiration and respect for mountains and wildlife.

The Hockaday Museum in Kallispell, Montana invited twenty four nature loving artists, American and Canadian, to explore and create art in Glacier National Park, U.S.A. and Waterton National Park, Canada. The resulting exhibition celebrates mountain culture at its finest, as well as the 50th anniversary of the museum.

SPIRIT OF THE WILD

Colouring Wildlife and Poetry

This colouring book works particularly well while relaxing on vacation in a cabin at a table by the fire with a glass of wine.

The colouring panels in Spirit are based on my Rocky Mountain wildlife paintings and accompanied by poetry written by Dawn Sprung. Her prose gives insight into the life of the animals and lets you step into the woods with them. Our book was launched in the spring of 2016, and is available throughout Western Canada and the States, in selected stores, as well as online at Amazon and Chapters Indigo

WHYTE MUSEUM

Situated in stunning Banff, The Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies held a show all about bears in 2001. I had already been painting bears for a few years, and once given the opportunity, went crazy trying to paint my best for the show. It turned out to be a breakthrough moment, a turning point, as those bears launched my signature style.

This show also signaled the beginning of a long and fabulous relationship with the museum.

BARBARA BUSH BEAR

The late Barbara Bush was the guest speaker for the Calgary Board of Education in 2003. Guess who was commissioned to paint a bear to present to her for the occasion?! This was one tricky painting to paint under the crazy pressure I felt just because of who it was for. Barbara Bush was a very eloquent speaker, and later, after the painting was patted down by security, she kindly invited me up for a photo with her.

Secret: I put my phone number on the back hoping one day to receive a call for more.

CALGARY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Every stroke of this painting contains best wishes for the people who will be seeing it, because it is in the waiting room of the NICU. “Frolic” is a visual big hug. The heart above is a link to the donations page for the Hospital, always a worthy cause. 

WELLSPRING OF ART

The wonderfully rustic Num-Ti-Jah lodge sits beside Bow Lake, up on the Jasper Park Highway. You can stop and wander in just to see their large mountain art collection and hike around the lake.

” Bow Lake Wellspring of Art “ by Jane Lytton Gooch celebrates the paintings inspired by Bow Lake and my painting of “Blondie” is in this treasure of a book. For many years Blondie was the resident bear at Num-Ti. Her offspring still roam about the area so keep an eye out if you hike!

CANMORE FOLK FESTIVAL

The only thing better than attending music festivals surrounded by mountains is music festivals surrounded by art and the mountains! I had to walk all over this backdrop to paint it. Over 25 feet long, it has been the backdrop at the festival every year since 1997, and every year I am thrilled and grateful to have it behind such a wide array of talented musical artists.

SOLO SHOW

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

In 2009 the Whyte Museum exhibited a retrospective of Robert Bateman and they offered me a solo show in The Swiss Guides room to run in conjunction with it. There were interviews for broadcast news and newspaper articles. I painted my heart out, and filled the room. The Whyte Museum created an advertising banner for the show – it was my first banner.

ART GARDEN

Bow Ranche

Spear-headed by the late Mitzie Wasyliw and husband Larry, the Artisan Gardens  is a fantastic one of a kind outdoor art gallery in Calgary, Alberta. Art is housed in specially designed monoliths, that are sponsored by those interested in creating a legacy. There are still paintings open for sponsorship. Click the link below for more info.

Monolith Photo: Jackie Ho Life Unscripted Photography

PAINTING JACK

Time Lapsed Video

I have taught at Swinton’s Art Supply and Instruction for 17 years. Doug Swinton is very creative and loves artists and art. He had to cajole me into doing this video, and I’m so happy he did. Milo did a fabulous job putting it together. It is very fast – it was in real life too – the footage was shot on my lunch break in 45 minutes!