West Kelowna, B.C. – Okanagan
Deep in the heart of the Okanagan, fruits and grape vines grow in harmony. West Kelowna is home to several wineries. There is a beautiful abundance here on the vine. The growing season is full of gorgeous colours. Late September is an exciting time for visitors seeking sunshine and wine. The temperatures remain summery and the grapes are perfection. Nature is at its peak and I am inspired to take a few photos for a future painting.
A year later I am finally painting these red and blue violet orbs that sparkle in the light. Their beauty and charm come from the quality of terroir – soil and climate. It is fascinating to imagine the volcano which once created here… 60 million years ago. As a result the soil is part volcanic and part clay.
Fall is a favourite time for The Okanagan Wine Festival. I like to arrive early, when everything is perfectly imperfect and not too busy. Every day life and no rushing around. The area has changed quite a bit since I grew up here. Much of it is still deliciously the same. People come here to connect with the fresh produce. Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery is a nice surprise. It is its own piece of heaven with a delightful view. My painting is but just a tasting or companion to this wonderful part of the Okanagan Valley where the light inspires me to paint often.
Vineyards and Wineries
Vineyards and Wineries is a collection of colourful county and country landscapes painted with acrylics on gallery canvas. Paintings are 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore a variety of favourite vineyards across Canada. Favourite picks! Brushes explore the beauty of grapevines from the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario in this series. What began with traveling to wine festivals has become an inspiration. This is evident with renderings of Prince Edward County, West Kelowna and Osoyoos – all brilliant in hue. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about the time honoured tradition of growing grapes, harvests and winemaking all in this beautiful country of Canada.