I was pleased to hear that my painting, First Snow-Kootenays was recently awarded an honourable mention in the Federation of Canadian Artists juried show, Scenes from Western Canada!
In October of 2016 my wife, Ann, and I have moved from Alberta to Duncan BC in order to be closer to family. It has been an interesting move with lots of challenges and opportunities. We have purchased an older home (1940) right in Duncan, which has required some renovations and these have kept me busy for the intervening months. I am slowly getting to know the Island but haven't ventured too far from Duncan yet but hoping to expand my horizons once the weather improves! I have joined the Cowichan Valley Arts Council and am volunteering at the Portals Gallery and meeting many wonderful folk. I am still coming to know the west coast and how to paint it. I haven't seen so much green in my life!
Thanks to all of you who attended the Edson Creative Arts Society's Palette and Pottery Show on Nov. 13- 15th. Your continuing support is very much appreciated and the society could not continue without you!
Rory MacDonald and Kevin Field have an exhibition of their art happening right now in the foyer of the Edson Library. The exhibition features Kevin's unique clay wall hangings and sculptures as well as new works by Rory. They hope that you will get a chance to get over to the library to check it out. The exhibition will run through to Nov. 9, 2014 when it will be part of the Edson Art Society and Edson Craft Centre display.
The Marjorie Lake Trail is a very short trail accessible right from the town of Jasper. In the autumn the trail winds its way through pine and aspen forests with brilliantly colored underbrush highlighting the ground. It's not unusual to encounter a bear or wolf on the trail.
This image appealed to me because of the vertical elements of the aspen trees and the contrast between the darks of the forest and the underbrush. The trail beckons to me to keep going!
Last summer the Ghost Glacier, which was a hanging glacier situated on the North aspect of Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper, calved off and fell into the glacial melting pond below the mountain. This created a flash torrent which destroyed the visitor's parking area. Parks Canada closed the area last summer and fall. Just before this happened I was up in the meadows hiking and I used a reference photo to paint this landscape (just finished it today) which is looking at the climber's route for the east face ascent of the mountain. The Cavell meadows are extremely fragile and host a variety of montane plant species.
Four new paintings of the Tonquin Valley in Jasper National Park in the winter. These are acrylics and I have been working on them for the last few weeks.
The Edson Public Library Board requested that I place some artwork in the Library Foyer so I have placed 17 pieces there- some old, some new.
Running Feb.11- March 11, 2013
The Jasper Artists Guild will be hosting an exhibition entitled "Dryline" in the Snowdome Coffee Bar from Feb. 16 to the 27th. Please drop by and view the art if you are in Jasper.
Rory is an artist who now resides and paints in Duncan BC.