Elevated is a study of the rocky mountains. One of the things that inspires me most when I’m painting is my environment, particularly significant changes in my environment. Having moved back to Edmonton from my year abroad this past September, it felt like I was experiencing Alberta with fresh eyes all over again - the sheer amount of space, the prairies, the mountains! The collection explores the rockies from all angles - seasons, colours, textures, shapes, levels of abstraction. I see the world in technicolour - and this collection represents that well. :) The collection contains 20 pieces, varying in size from 12x12 right up to 30x48.
I’m SO excited to announce my next collection of paintings “Stravaig” will launch at Plum Home & Design on November 7th, from 5-7 pm. The paintings will be on display at Plum until November 11 and in my online shop after that.
This collection of paintings poured out of me since returning to Canada. It’s a reflection of the first three months of my year-long European adventure, depicting my time on the Canadian east coast and in the Scottish Highlands. Both of these places are special to me. I grew up in a small village in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Scotland reminds me of my home province in so many ways.
The term “Stravaig” means “to wander aimlessly” in old Scots. This word speaks to a collection all about slowing down and taking in the beauty around us. The word was mostly used by hikers in the early 19th century that would go “hill walking” in Scotland. After years of being caught up in the hustle and bustle of a full-time corporate job + painting on the side, having the time to wander aimlessly and appreciate the amazing beauty of these two places was something I wanted to capture and remember.
There are 12 new pieces launching in this collection, in sizes varying from 18”x24” to 48”x36”. They’re colourful and joyful and I can’t wait to share them with you!
A couple of weeks ago, Jeremy and I made a last minute decision to spend Thanksgiving weekend exploring the the Isle of Skye and the Highlands. Ideally, we would have rented a car and meandered the countryside on our own. But, we only had 3 days and both of us are more than a little nervous to drive on the other side of the road - so we booked a tour instead!
The Scottish Highlands are truly magnificent; probably some of the most beautiful landscape I've ever seen. It reminded me a lot of Cape Breton, where I grew up. The countryside is so vast and the colours are so saturated, even in foggy or blistery weather (which we had quite a bit of). We could have spent WAY more time exploring the cool spots in the area. Another trip is definitely in order.
One of the nice things about an organized tour is the context it provides. I have a little knowledge about Scottish history, but our guide was a great storyteller and I learned SO MUCH about this beautiful part of the world. On our first day we visited Culloden Battlefield (...Outlander, anyone?), and that really set the stage for the rest of our time in the highlands and understanding the hardship the Highlands faced and the resiliency of the Scottish people.
I REALLY wanted to do some painting on-site while we were exploring, but the nature of a tour and the weather didn't really allow for it. I did however come back to Edinburgh super excited to paint! I'm working on a series of pieces inspired by our time in the Highlands. They're not based so much on the specific landscapes we saw, but more so how they made me feel. The photos I took are quite moody and dark, but my paintings are working out to be quite colourful and bright! I'm aiming for an early November release date. :)