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.
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.