This week, we hosted Edmonton artist Justina Smith at the resort. The moody fall weather created the perfect atmosphere for Justina to hole up and hunker down in a cabin and create. We were honoured to have Justina and absolutely delighted by the way that she was able to capture woods and cabins through her art.
We stole this bio from one of the Edmonton Galleries where many of Justina's pieces can be found:
"Justina is an Edmonton based artist who has been painting and selling her work for the past 12 years. She loves exploring Canada with her water color sketchbook and camera in tow, sketching and photographing like mad and then heading home to the studio to create lovely mixed media works inspired by her trips. Her work is vibrant and whimsical and unmistakable in it's style. If it stays still long enough, she will most likely paint a picture of, or inspired by whatever 'it' is. She also happens to be a fabulous barista, avid dog-walker, really great cook and a bit of a bookworm.
You can read her stories of her trips or what new paintings she's working on, on her blog which also happens to be the homepage of her website: www.justinasmith.com
Caleigh and I popped in during her stay to check out some of the pieces Justina has been working on. We were totally so so impressed.
Justina is travelling all the time, and to some really cool locations. She continues to work on the road, largely swapping her acrylics for transportable watercolours. Much of what she encounters is beautifully recorded in journals through writing, polaroid photography and her art. These travel diaries are so dang cool, and totally enchanting to flip through.
Later in the day, after visiting the cabin, I snapped these photos of the changing Tamarack trees enroute to High Lake. It was a beauty of a day.