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.
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 and Yoho National Parks, in British Columbia… to Banff National Park, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.