Published in Island Arts Magazine - Winter 2015
Norman Rockwell said: "The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So you see they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back." I like that idea! That must be why artists are such fascinating people! Every artist dances to their own rhythm, doing what moves them along in their own individual journey, along their own creative road.
Twenty plus years ago, when I began painting in earnest, I found the "Profession" of being an artist a little bewildering. I had come from a science oriented field where, at the time, there were rules, regulations and requirements - none to be ignored. A work-life, in my perception, where the road was relatively narrow and went generally in one direction. A steady diet of working within those parameters just wasn't a perfect fit for me. However, the lack of constraints in becoming an artist seemed a bit daunting and overwhelming. No rules! Just paint! What I did find in common with most artists was my deep need to be creative. I craved the freedom of spirit inherent in being an artist. So began a new chapter in my life, a new adventure!
Looking ahead then, we are venturing into new areas of exploration and a little further afield. This year we began touring with our small travel trailer so that we could expand our painting horizons. We organized the limited space in our trailer with a few small renovations to accommodate our painting gear. It is a delight to enjoy the luxury of stopping long enough in various locations to discover and paint the spectacular scenery of this land we love, Canada. Recent escapades this fall have taken us to Wells Gray Provincial Park in BC's interior. Never having previously visited this vast and remote wilderness park, we hired a guide and hiked in to visit some of the most breathtaking forests and waterfalls in the province. Our destinations and discoveries along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park were particularly inspiring. The thundering sound and amazing geological features of Athabasca Falls filled us with awe. The magnificent high elevation scenery of Mt. Edith Cavell, with its recently formed glacial moraines, and its receding Angel Glacier, was particularly amazing. The Park Warden's signage warned all hikers to travel in groups at least four adults due to the presence of numerous grizzly bears! Yikes! We hung around the parking lot and as luck would have it, it wasn't long before we met a group of like minded folks, anxious to hike the trail to the stunning, emerald green of Cavell Lake, and a memorable picnic in the sun. Just as "... every painting is an adventure," we are creating adventures that become paintings! So here's to a long life and many more new and exciting adventures!