Mapping the Great Divide

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Western Canadian Landscapes

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of Canadian Landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Mapping the Great Divide

Guided Grandeur

Prismatic Pass

Palliser Trail

Odaray Mountain Light

First Snowfall

Guided Grandeur

2017 guided grandeur by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Kicking Horse River – Yoho National Park, British Columbia

A new view of the valley along Kicking Horse River and down the way from majestic Chancellor Peak. In this painting of Yoho, the sky is a space that holds its own, lending balance to the composition.

So peaceful here with the breeze and the air scented by the pines. Blues become the mountain shadows. Landmarks are further defined with various shades of red violet and cobalt light violet. These cooling colours add more depth.

Deep reds and crimson speak of Indian summer. Underpainting shows through the forest creating areas of warmth. This colour unity strengthens the composition in a way that is boldly beautiful from the lower elevations to the top.

There is a nice fluidity and control in the brush strokes that build the mountain. Some areas are sharply defined while others float and soften the mountain forms. This clean, clear wilderness and sky feel light, playful and welcoming.

2017 guided grandeur by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
© 2017 GUIDED GRANDEUR by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″

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Mapping the Great Divide

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Prismatic Pass

Palliser Trail

Odaray Mountain Light

First Snowfall

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Prismatic Pass

2017 prismatic pass by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Kicking Horse Pass, Yoho National Park – Field, British Columbia

Standing at the top of Kicking Horse Pass is dreamy and enchanting. It is one of the most historic parts of Canada, famous for the spiral tunnels of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). There is beauty as far as the eye can see. The view goes on forever and it is in that stillness that the trains rumble with an echo throughout the mountains.

This prisma perfect view straddles the Continental Divide on the British Columbia-Alberta border, 10 km west of Lake Louise. The pass connects Yoho and Banff National Parks. Elevation is 1,627 m. Here Yoho National Park is full of peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and floral meadows. We are so fortunate to have national parks like this to explore with their incredible beauty.

The name Prismatic Pass was chosen for the many facets of these mountains. Creatively this title also lends a spirit of wonder. Layers of forests in this painting flourish like a late summer’s garden in their rich deep greenery and the gold of autumn begins to show amidst the trees. Mountain peaks in the distance form a centre of interest and a tall pine tree in the lower left provides balance.

Clouds to the top right grow and build upwards out of the sky, a warm shade of robin’s egg blue. There is great depth here in this partial panorama and a beautiful transition of the seasons. To create a painting like this is to preserve a piece of Canadian heritage and lend expression to that everlasting fortitude only found at Kicking Horse Pass.

2017 prismatic pass by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
© 2017 PRISMATIC PASS by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″

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Mapping the Great Divide

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Guided Grandeur

Palliser Trail

Odaray Mountain Light

First Snowfall

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Palliser Trail

2017 palliser trail by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Kicking Horse River – Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Every landscape is a vision of adventure and has a unique story to tell. The origins of Kicking Horse River begin with a geologist named Sir James Hector. From 1857-1860 he was part of the Palliser Expedition to explore or survey the open prairies and rugged wilderness of western Canada. As the team’s surgeon and geologist, James played an essential role in exploring new routes for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and discovering many new species of plants.

History tells us that in 1858 he was kicked by his packhorse at this beautiful river, high up in the Canadian Rockies of Southeastern British Columbia. Kicking Horse has attracted many explorers ever since. This painting is named “Palliser Trail” to honour the expedition and renew that sense of wonder… a feeling of something more, just down the path and around the river’s bend.

This river adds balance to a composition of sky, mountain and forest. Clouds in the top left rush in, sending a cool mountain breeze down the valley – to parallel the moving water. There is an easy flow from the mountains to river and from there life blossoms outwards. The river bank is vibrant in energy and feng shui. It is lush and inviting with rainbow colours and the brushwork is free flowing adding clarity. Freedom, balance and pure potential are strong emotional elements in this work of original art.

“Palliser Trail” is part of a new painting series called “Mapping the Great Divide”. This new collection by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod celebrates a journey, majestic mountains, family heritage and Canada’s 150th birthday year. These fresh O’ Canada landscapes help one to appreciate and enjoy the incredible beauty and freedom of a country rich in nature, history and culture. We are so fortunate to have national parks like these to explore.

2017 palliser trail by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
© 2017 PALLISER TRAIL by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″

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Mapping the Great Divide

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Guided Grandeur

Prismatic Pass

Odaray Mountain Light

First Snowfall

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Odaray Mountain Light

2017 odaray mountain light by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Yoho National Park – Field, British Columbia

One of the best things about climbing mountains is when you take a moment to look back and see just how far you have come. Often in art we see mountains as solid pillars, sentinels rendered against a quiet sky. I like to combine strengths, so for this piece I have painted both the sky and the mountain below with equality. The mountains lend their strength to all around them and the sky envelopes all with its power. The effect is luminous and full of changing light, which I like to call a gathering of elements. This is not just any mountain.

In choosing a place to paint, geography and history are very important. It is not enough to say that I was inspired here. There is always a story which I am adding to. With an elevation of 3,159 m this landmark on the west side of the Lake O’Hara valley stands tall and impressive. Odaray comes from the Stoney First Nation Nakoda expression for “many waterfalls.” The name Odaray was given by Joseph James McArthur in 1887 when he was a Dominion Land Surveyor working in the Canadian Rockies, mapping the terrain on either side of the Canadian Pacific Railway line. He was the “First Canadian Mountaineer.” One can only imagine the challenges J.J encountered.

To focus on this challenge of painting mountains, I begin with a simple line that will traverse the landscape and become more defined. This is the path and a route upon which the eye visually travels. One might look into the studio and see me painting the ascent and descent with just air on my brushes. Something like a conductor waving a baton, and all according to a plan. It is in this arrangement that I visualize the presence and scale of the landscape. For me mountains are more than shapes of elevation. Odaray Mountain is unique. It is calm, stable and unmoving like a sleeping giant with nature stirring all around. My brushes are so busy capturing these sensations. It begins to sound more like I am drumming than painting. This amuses me and the dance begins.

When a painting explores a good fluidity of style it creates its own atmosphere of living breathing colour. One looks upwards to feel the cool mountain air and finds the wind ready to change. Upon lowering one’s gaze there is the sharp smell of fresh yet invisible snow, a clear message. Tiny snowflakes melt high up in the sky and barely make it down to the ground. Here in the middle of autumn the changes are magical. All the layers of this landscape float naturally with very little definition or boundary to give that last lingering feeling of summer. Great art collections grow in moments like these! This is the passion of being an artist and mastering creativity.

Every painting needs a resting space for the eye. Often the sky is the most natural area to create more of an opening with looser brushwork or a bare minimum of colour. Areas of shade can also create that visual rest. In the case of Odaray Mountain with its great height, I have chosen the centre of the painting. Here a valley will slope gently to create that nice reprieve. I will also allow the underpainting to show through a bit more in the top edges. Quinacridone Burnt Orange is the base that warms the sky on this sweet September day. This is a happy time where several seasons blend into one.

“Odaray Mountain Light” is part of a new painting series called “Mapping the Great Divide”. This new collection by artist and designer Tina Monod celebrates a journey, majestic mountains, family heritage and Canada’s 150th birthday year. These fresh O’ Canada landscapes help one to appreciate and enjoy the incredible beauty and freedom of a country rich in nature, history and culture. We are so fortunate to have national parks like these to explore.

monod - odaray mountain light by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
ODARAY MOUNTAIN LIGHT by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″

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Mapping the Great Divide

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Guided Grandeur

Prismatic Pass

Palliser Trail

First Snowfall

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First Snowfall

2017 first snowfall by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Selkirk Mountains, Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia

When it snows, I see how everything is connected. That soft gray backdrop behind the falling snowflakes becomes a veil of softest blue and pale green. Elements of this landscape become strong and forever… while others swirl and transition.

Painting “First Snowfall” is about a journey I made last September to reconnect with family and the amazing power of mountains. The greater the elevation, the happier I became. It was good to be back home in western Canada and fuelled with artistic inspiration. This piece is the first in my new series “Mapping the Great Divide” which celebrates places in the Canadian Rockies. So many of these majestic spaces simply and endlessly inspire the O’ Canada in all of us!

This image from Mount Revelstoke National Park really captures my imagination with all the elements of rock, wind, sky and forest. Snow has so many variations to capture and makes this view so captivating. Some areas are distinctly snowy and others gently merge with the divisions of white space and colour. As a painter my challenge was to work with the changing fog and mountain air. So with conditions both atmospheric and mysterious I began to recreate this experience on canvas. As I explored this terrain, there was a focus on the couloirs. My one thought was that this landscape should be skiable. If I can ski it, I can paint it – and off I go!

Much of my time in the studio was spent seeing the many shades of white that this piece allows. There is a feeling of peace in these mountains and a purposeful wind carrying that first snowfall downward and into the valley. Behind the layers of transparency my brushes lift nature’s veil. Wisps of snowy powder filter through the treetops. Pure magic! The brushwork stands on its own, silent with a light echo. Such a thrill to experience the snow falling in September at the beginning of this journey home.

Sometimes I think that mountains are a means for achieving our personal goals in life. That said I believe that they are landmarks of strength, which we embrace through ascents and descents. That good fortune is a true give and take, exhilarating and a true reward. Painting a sky that relates to the strength of this mountain and changing weather patterns was a creative lesson of its own. It is also just the beginning of many perceptions and recognitions.

“First Snowfall” is part of a new painting series called “Mapping the Great Divide”. This new collection by artist and designer Tina Monod celebrates a journey, majestic mountains, family heritage and Canada’s 150th birthday year. These fresh O’ Canada landscapes help one to appreciate and enjoy the incredible beauty and freedom of a country rich in nature, history and culture. We are so fortunate to have national parks like these to explore.

monod - first snowfall by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
FIRST SNOWFALL by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″

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Mapping the Great Divide

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Guided Grandeur

Prismatic Pass

Palliser Trail

Odaray Mountain Light

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Wilderness Expressions

wilderness expressions painting series by tina monod - 1

Canadian Landscapes

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta. These paintings represent a love for the outdoors, nature and Canadian heritage.

Wilderness Expressions

Campfire Sings

Bright Into the Night

Over the Moon

Beneath the Stars

Stars Come Out

Wild At Heart

Above the Clouds

Water of the Spirits

Mountain High

Sing Me Home

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Sing Me Home

2016 sing me home by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Silver Star Mountain – Vernon, British Columbia

Timeless and beautiful, summer or winter. For those who love getting away for a little skiing, this is a familiar view. It is one that marks the end of summer, the anticipation of winter and the coming ski season. Many trips have been made down this mountain when the sun is setting and low on the horizon. The view is always a painting in motion on this well travelled road.

Light from the night sky traces the desert hills and Okanagan sage. In this painting the soft violets, cobalts and ochres of distant Lavington hills harmonize. Nearer, one can feel the dryness of the ranch land and the coolness of the evening air. Whistling cottonwood trees are changing colour and their gold colours glow like fireflies.

Descending into the forest valley, autumn leaves are turning all colours and creating their living tapestries of transformation. A familiar warm red from the Canadian maples is woven into the blue green spruce and pines.

Silver Star is a place that will always sing me home. With every season and journey it is a pleasant drive for those who love the pace of country roads and the charm of western ranches.

2016 sing me home by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
SING ME HOME by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

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Mountain High

2016 mountain high by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Cascade Amphitheatre – Banff National Park, Alberta

Sometimes all you need is a little elevation to get away from it all. Hikes like this one unfold with many layers of beauty. There is no greater feeling than a mountain high, which comes from pushing onwards, climbing higher and trusting in the trail ahead of you.

Hiking up from the Mount Norquay ski area and crossing the bridge at Forty Mile Creek takes one into a magically forested area of tall spruce and narrow lodgepole pines. The reward after zigzagging many switchbacks is to enter a totally natural, unique glacier-made amphitheatre. The limestone cliffs and geology are pretty dated and from them one gets a sense of the glaciers long ago.

There is something calming in the way that the mountain encloses and shelters all. Such a lovely alpine view of the sky and stars in this quiet part of the Canadian Rockies. This is a painting of tranquility, found in a glacial amphitheatre.

2016 mountain high by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
MOUNTAIN HIGH by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

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Water of the Spirits

2016 water of the spirits by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Lake Minnewanka – Banff National Park, Alberta

This is a peaceful place. Walking along the water or climbing up the rocks, the scenery here is so beautiful. The Stoney people called this lake “Minn-waki” which means “Water of the Spirits”. This part of the Bow Valley is rich in history, going back 10,000 years. The colours of the lake are always changing with the flow of silt and the angle of the light. The less silt, the paler the colour of the lake. Often this is the case when fall approaches. When the evening sky is reflected the turquoise and green of day become deeper blue at night.

How wonderfully Lake Minnewanka captures the light at sunset and twilight. These glacial fed waters originate and flow not only from the Cascade Mountain and River, but also from the streams of Mount Inglismaldie, Mount Girouard and Mount Peechee. Clouds above are very animated from the wind gusts in the valley. Elements and altitude are thoughtfully mirrored with angled brushwork, carving out the mountain terrain and rendering the spacious, reflective sky. At night so majestic in presence and full of stars.

2016 water of the spirits by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
WATER OF THE SPIRITS by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Mountain High”

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Above the Clouds

2016 above the clouds by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Sulphur Mountain Summit – Banff National Park, Alberta

In late September the weather can be warm, dry and truly magical. You know… the sort where sunlight is streaming into the kitchen and home made marmalade is simmering on the stove. A cool breeze is blowing while freshly baked bread cools. The little ones nap into the sunny afternoon with their dreams of adventure. The surrounding mountains above Cave & Basin beckon and what better way to spend a birthday? So much to discover. Cascade Mountain, Mount Rundle, Mount Norquay, Tunnel Mountain and from here the list grew!

Just 2,451 metres at the summit of Sulphur Mountain the landscape opened up. It was fun spending a late afternoon here watching fall drop its curtain. All perfectly in tandem with the setting sun. Rocky mountain bighorn sheep travelled slowly by and Canada (Gray) jays were abundant, as we explored the breathtaking vistas. I chose then to paint all this, some day. Beautiful forest greenery blending into the velvety blue mountain ranges, all high above the clouds. Colourful accents of yellow aspen trees and the gold larch trees throughout. All truly inspiring as day grew into soft night.

2016 above the clouds by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
ABOVE THE CLOUDS by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Water of the Spirits

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Wild At Heart

2016 wild at heart by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Naramata, British Columbia

Sunsets here are truly amazing and the sage brush on the hills absorb so many beautiful colours. As the sun dips behind the mountains the dry heat dissipates. Air becomes sweeter and all breathe a sigh. Crickets begin the evening ambience and then the stars appear. Oh the starlight… and so many bright clusters. They entirely fill the western skies with their brilliance. Here I am wild at heart and right at home with stars that shine above and twinkle below on the waves of “Naramata” – smile of the Manitou.

2016 wild at heart by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
WILD AT HEART by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Above the Clouds

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Stars Come Out

2016 stars come out by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Pachena Bay, British Columbia

As the sun goes down whales can be heard singing into the night. Their song is a hauntingly beautiful music that travels far and wide. How special to have spent hours exploring the rich vegetation and hiking trails around Pachena Bay. It is a unique and idyllic experience to encounter the nature here. Looking back on the day there were many delightful surprises. Bears, sea lions, bald eagles… so much to see.

When the stars come out there is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the day. A happy contentment. Just being here is so rewarding. We are close to Bamfield and the West Coast Trail.

The rainforest catches my eye, so lush in all its textures and colours. The landscape softly hugs the bay and opens up in a gradual way… with white sandy beach as far as the eye can see. The skies truly come to life in this gentle stretch of beach of marine life. Here on a nice log of driftwood I will sit and make my wish upon a star. Plan my future and dream my dreams to someday capture the essence of this west coast moment with paint and brush.

2016 stars come out by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
STARS COME OUT by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Wild At Heart

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