Great West Life Mezzanine Exhibition
“Peaks of Interest is a series that explores the mountains of Western Canada from the perspective of an alpinist. It is, in essence, a portrait series. Most Canadian alpinists will recognize the faces of these mountains. Some they know well… some they only hope to know! For me, the crown jewels of Canada lie in our ranges. Every one of these popular peaks contains memories that fuel a sense of adventure for countless generations. So I’m focusing on honoring the faces of these peaks, which is why I often paint in black and white, and attempt a relatively accurate rendering. Im able to pursue this project at this time due to the incredible quality of reference photos these days, and the generous support I’ve already received from the alpine community. In this run of the series, the photos I have worked with come from Steph Abegg, Jonathan DeMoor, and I tried to re-create the atmosphere from my own experience on Gimli (I showed up in the rain). My work will likely hinge around the reference I collect, because it is a study of the shape of these mountains as much as it is an attempt to create a “mood”.
I’m very passionate about showcasing the mountains of Western Canada not only because I want to share them with the rest of the world, but also because I feel the need to focus on what I want to protect. Our mountains are an apt symbol for our wilderness, and provide many with a spiritual connection to that wild. Many experience this phenomenon just once, and it turns them into life-long environmentalists; it’s slowly turning me into one as well. That’s why I’m teaming with Alpine Club of Canada in an effort to build a sustainable future for us and our mountains. Focusing on mountains may be the simplest, most cliche form of natural reverie, maybe short of watching sunsets, that I know of. My hope is that I’m able to recreate just a touch of that feeling.
Thank you for joining me :)”