Beneath the Sky
Beneath the Sky

Alberta skies have fascinated me since I was a child. They arch above us, clouds and light building, transforming, and dissipating. Everything in the sky changes, even the colours. As a girl I’d lay in the coulees and look up and count the blues in the sky.

Those skies continue to inspire and exhilarate me today. I like the idea of painting ethereal things like clouds with tangible materials and methods like paint and texture. I glaze, collage, layer, and scrape with various tools and mediums to build up surface and capture the sky on the plane of the canvas. My work examines themes of awe, alienation, prayer, and personal epiphanies. By looking at what exists immediately in front of me, I attempt to grapple with the eternal. Painting helps mark my place in the world. Painting helps me share these truths.

Beside each of these paintings is a stanza of a poem written by Patrick Van Mil. The title of the poem is You are the Sky.

 You learned to paint fast.  You needed to chase  the skein of clouds  that sighed and sprawled  over the plains.      We Will Rise Again  48 x 36 inches  Painted on collaged canvas  $3300 +GST  This painting is available

You learned to paint fast.

You needed to chase

the skein of clouds

that sighed and sprawled

over the plains.

We Will Rise Again

48 x 36 inches

Painted on collaged canvas

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

 You watched the skies,  wrung colour from white,  picked out purple,  vermillion, ochre,  and the shadow grey of water  that floated in the veils and haze  arching over the prairie girl  painting the blues.        Introspection  48 x 36  Painted on Cradled Board  $3300 =GST  This painting is available

You watched the skies,

wrung colour from white,

picked out purple,

vermillion, ochre,

and the shadow grey of water

that floated in the veils and haze

arching over the prairie girl

painting the blues.

Introspection

48 x 36

Painted on Cradled Board

$3300 =GST

This painting is available

 Whether evanescent mist,  growling thunderheads,  or cantering horsetails,  you built them up in layers,  in bold strokes,  the paint thick.        Time to Take Shelter  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Birch Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available

Whether evanescent mist,

growling thunderheads,

or cantering horsetails,

you built them up in layers,

in bold strokes,

the paint thick.

Time to Take Shelter

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Birch Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

 This is how you like to paint.      Under My Skies  48 x 36  On Cradled Birch Wood Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available

This is how you like to paint.

Under My Skies

48 x 36

On Cradled Birch Wood Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

 Late sleet bristles  prairie sun blisters  your face  is up  is sky  is light  that waves and rushes  beyond the grasp  of even your favourite tree  whose strong spring branches  swell red-black  and bud with this year’s promises.      Promises  On Cradled Birch Wood Panel  48 x 36 inches  $3300+GST  This painting is available

Late sleet bristles

prairie sun blisters

your face

is up

is sky

is light

that waves and rushes

beyond the grasp

of even your favourite tree

whose strong spring branches

swell red-black

and bud with this year’s promises.

Promises

On Cradled Birch Wood Panel

48 x 36 inches

$3300+GST

This painting is available

 You are the sky,  your green eyes  hemmed with years  of coulees and creeks  and old prairie towns  with the most optimistic names,  tousled and dusty  with the endless secrets of the wind.      Under Canadian Skies  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available

You are the sky,

your green eyes

hemmed with years

of coulees and creeks

and old prairie towns

with the most optimistic names,

tousled and dusty

with the endless secrets of the wind.

Under Canadian Skies

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

 You shiver and paint.      Illumination  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Birch Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available

You shiver and paint.

Illumination

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Birch Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

 You sway  in a chinook arch  that grapples  with an arctic front.  Heat and cold ripple  and an eagle hangs  as if strung from a cloud,  its wing tips flapping.  A birch shakes its head  and rakes its thin branches  against the grey and blue  on your brush.      Pink Sky Syndrome  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This Painting is available

You sway

in a chinook arch

that grapples

with an arctic front.

Heat and cold ripple

and an eagle hangs

as if strung from a cloud,

its wing tips flapping.

A birch shakes its head

and rakes its thin branches

against the grey and blue

on your brush.

Pink Sky Syndrome

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This Painting is available

 Greens are often  a difficult colour to control.  The sky drapes over  ruffles of sage,  heavy swathes of spruce,  thickets of wolf willow,  and high cottonwoods  whose round leaves  rattle an admiring applause  to the nimble heavens.    The Sky is Everywhere  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This painting is available

Greens are often

a difficult colour to control.

The sky drapes over

ruffles of sage,

heavy swathes of spruce,

thickets of wolf willow,

and high cottonwoods

whose round leaves

rattle an admiring applause

to the nimble heavens.

The Sky is Everywhere

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

 Hints and secrets  are tossed into the air:  how to capture the sky,  how to render the stretch,  the fish-eyed views,  the mountain-hummed horizon,  the clouds that zenith  over foothills  anchored by low flights  of magpie and jay.    The New Dawn  48 x36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This painting is available

Hints and secrets

are tossed into the air:

how to capture the sky,

how to render the stretch,

the fish-eyed views,

the mountain-hummed horizon,

the clouds that zenith

over foothills

anchored by low flights

of magpie and jay.

The New Dawn

48 x36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

 How long will it take  for the wind  to concede its mysteries?  How much time will it take  to work out  where the shadows go,  where the colours disappear?  How many times  must you go to the canvas?    Portugal Promises  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This painting is available

How long will it take

for the wind

to concede its mysteries?

How much time will it take

to work out

where the shadows go,

where the colours disappear?

How many times

must you go to the canvas?

Portugal Promises

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

 Enough for a lifetime of painting.        Over Horley  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 + GST  This Painting is Available

Enough for a lifetime of painting.



Over Horley

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 + GST

This Painting is Available

Beneath the Sky
 You learned to paint fast.  You needed to chase  the skein of clouds  that sighed and sprawled  over the plains.      We Will Rise Again  48 x 36 inches  Painted on collaged canvas  $3300 +GST  This painting is available
 You watched the skies,  wrung colour from white,  picked out purple,  vermillion, ochre,  and the shadow grey of water  that floated in the veils and haze  arching over the prairie girl  painting the blues.        Introspection  48 x 36  Painted on Cradled Board  $3300 =GST  This painting is available
 Whether evanescent mist,  growling thunderheads,  or cantering horsetails,  you built them up in layers,  in bold strokes,  the paint thick.        Time to Take Shelter  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Birch Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available
 This is how you like to paint.      Under My Skies  48 x 36  On Cradled Birch Wood Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available
 Late sleet bristles  prairie sun blisters  your face  is up  is sky  is light  that waves and rushes  beyond the grasp  of even your favourite tree  whose strong spring branches  swell red-black  and bud with this year’s promises.      Promises  On Cradled Birch Wood Panel  48 x 36 inches  $3300+GST  This painting is available
 You are the sky,  your green eyes  hemmed with years  of coulees and creeks  and old prairie towns  with the most optimistic names,  tousled and dusty  with the endless secrets of the wind.      Under Canadian Skies  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available
 You shiver and paint.      Illumination  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Birch Panel  $3300+GST  This painting is available
 You sway  in a chinook arch  that grapples  with an arctic front.  Heat and cold ripple  and an eagle hangs  as if strung from a cloud,  its wing tips flapping.  A birch shakes its head  and rakes its thin branches  against the grey and blue  on your brush.      Pink Sky Syndrome  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This Painting is available
 Greens are often  a difficult colour to control.  The sky drapes over  ruffles of sage,  heavy swathes of spruce,  thickets of wolf willow,  and high cottonwoods  whose round leaves  rattle an admiring applause  to the nimble heavens.    The Sky is Everywhere  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This painting is available
 Hints and secrets  are tossed into the air:  how to capture the sky,  how to render the stretch,  the fish-eyed views,  the mountain-hummed horizon,  the clouds that zenith  over foothills  anchored by low flights  of magpie and jay.    The New Dawn  48 x36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This painting is available
 How long will it take  for the wind  to concede its mysteries?  How much time will it take  to work out  where the shadows go,  where the colours disappear?  How many times  must you go to the canvas?    Portugal Promises  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 +GST  This painting is available
 Enough for a lifetime of painting.        Over Horley  48 x 36 inches  Painted on Cradled Wood Panel  $3300 + GST  This Painting is Available
Beneath the Sky

Alberta skies have fascinated me since I was a child. They arch above us, clouds and light building, transforming, and dissipating. Everything in the sky changes, even the colours. As a girl I’d lay in the coulees and look up and count the blues in the sky.

Those skies continue to inspire and exhilarate me today. I like the idea of painting ethereal things like clouds with tangible materials and methods like paint and texture. I glaze, collage, layer, and scrape with various tools and mediums to build up surface and capture the sky on the plane of the canvas. My work examines themes of awe, alienation, prayer, and personal epiphanies. By looking at what exists immediately in front of me, I attempt to grapple with the eternal. Painting helps mark my place in the world. Painting helps me share these truths.

Beside each of these paintings is a stanza of a poem written by Patrick Van Mil. The title of the poem is You are the Sky.

You learned to paint fast.

You needed to chase

the skein of clouds

that sighed and sprawled

over the plains.

We Will Rise Again

48 x 36 inches

Painted on collaged canvas

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

You watched the skies,

wrung colour from white,

picked out purple,

vermillion, ochre,

and the shadow grey of water

that floated in the veils and haze

arching over the prairie girl

painting the blues.

Introspection

48 x 36

Painted on Cradled Board

$3300 =GST

This painting is available

Whether evanescent mist,

growling thunderheads,

or cantering horsetails,

you built them up in layers,

in bold strokes,

the paint thick.

Time to Take Shelter

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Birch Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

This is how you like to paint.

Under My Skies

48 x 36

On Cradled Birch Wood Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

Late sleet bristles

prairie sun blisters

your face

is up

is sky

is light

that waves and rushes

beyond the grasp

of even your favourite tree

whose strong spring branches

swell red-black

and bud with this year’s promises.

Promises

On Cradled Birch Wood Panel

48 x 36 inches

$3300+GST

This painting is available

You are the sky,

your green eyes

hemmed with years

of coulees and creeks

and old prairie towns

with the most optimistic names,

tousled and dusty

with the endless secrets of the wind.

Under Canadian Skies

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

You shiver and paint.

Illumination

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Birch Panel

$3300+GST

This painting is available

You sway

in a chinook arch

that grapples

with an arctic front.

Heat and cold ripple

and an eagle hangs

as if strung from a cloud,

its wing tips flapping.

A birch shakes its head

and rakes its thin branches

against the grey and blue

on your brush.

Pink Sky Syndrome

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This Painting is available

Greens are often

a difficult colour to control.

The sky drapes over

ruffles of sage,

heavy swathes of spruce,

thickets of wolf willow,

and high cottonwoods

whose round leaves

rattle an admiring applause

to the nimble heavens.

The Sky is Everywhere

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

Hints and secrets

are tossed into the air:

how to capture the sky,

how to render the stretch,

the fish-eyed views,

the mountain-hummed horizon,

the clouds that zenith

over foothills

anchored by low flights

of magpie and jay.

The New Dawn

48 x36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

How long will it take

for the wind

to concede its mysteries?

How much time will it take

to work out

where the shadows go,

where the colours disappear?

How many times

must you go to the canvas?

Portugal Promises

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 +GST

This painting is available

Enough for a lifetime of painting.



Over Horley

48 x 36 inches

Painted on Cradled Wood Panel

$3300 + GST

This Painting is Available

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