#2 Susan Parsons
Four Seasons, No Sticks
The inspiration for this work was the seasonal connection to the trees; how our relationship to the natural world waxes and wanes depending on the season. When we feel closely woven into the natural world, we can feel and smell the trees, their leaves, barks and roots; we have a sense of our place in the world. It contains us. We know where we belong. Ash boiled willow and bark and blue waxed linen thread are reminiscent of the salmon skin under blue river and fish nets of the summer. Natural willow bark is reminiscent of the autumn browns as color fades and trees recede in the dark.Spruce root random weave is reminiscent of the starkness of winter and the random trails through the snow.Alder Bark and blush waxed linen thread is reminiscent of bright sun reflected on silver bark in the spring. All of this material is gathered in the forgotten, untidy and marginal spaces like ditches and overgrown lots. The idea this material is useful helps us to see the landscape in a new way.
After a weekend workshop over 20 years ago with Yukon basket maker Sheila Alexandrovich, I got hooked on the art of basket weaving. I’ve worked primarily in the stake and stand tradition with wild Yukon willow. I’ve studied under Washington basket maker Katherine Lewis in the Irish traditions as well as under Scottish and English basket makers Catherine Davis and Pascal Carr in the Scottish traditions. Most recently I’ve studied under west coast Canadian basket maker Joan Carrigan using cedar and willow bark and waxed linen thread. I’ve been gifted knowledge of Dawson City area trees and plant fibres by knowledge holders in the community.
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This piece was constructed in an artistic welding workshop in Mexico. The pieces used to construct this artwork were recycled metal pieces which was challenging. The rich Mayan culture was my inspiration.
Mainly self-taught. Took 6 month sculpture courses at Ottawa college of art and have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors
Work available by commission or through periodic group shows
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Harreson Tanner Sculpture
Clay and Gifted Eagle Feather, Turquoise and Bone Necklace. Seeing ancestors in elder faces was my inspiration.
Mainly self-taught. Took a 6 month sculpture courses at Ottawa college of art and have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors
Work available by commission or through periodic group shows
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Harreson Tanner Sculpture
Creative Muse at Play
I was inspired by the freedom of exploring molding paste slapped on canvas, like butter slapped on toast, and then randomly playing with the palette knife to make relief-like marks on the canvas, like sculpture artists who work in stone sometimes wait for the surfacing of an image. A symbiotic relationship develops between the artist and the stone. With that thought, I felt akin to this type of textural painting, a surprise and excitement of what showed up! The painted portion and acrylic colours emerged making random choices using some of the watercolour techniques.
Like reading clouds in the summer, creative imagination and muse made time to play.
1st year of BFA. Through Yukon College and over a ten-year period, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and InDesign became a focus for graphic design and tabletop publishing on a small scale.
Loponen has been in the art world for 40 years, She has had a number of career options but has always come back to the creative process. She spent a number of phases in her early years experimenting with other creative art forms, but her passion for watercolours has always been the strongest. She has received a number of awards and recognition including being flown to Vancouver to saw a few words to the Royal couple and the Prime Minister on their tour to Immigrant Services Society of BC.
Art available through Arts Underground and private sales (see Facebook “Loponen Arts”)
Dancing in the Lights
Self taught, own a small arts business to empower and inspire the community through art.
www.mayaart.ca 867-332-1000 Arts Underground
This is an oil painting. It came about because I was fascinated by the images from the Hubble Space Telescope and I wanted to flout people in these starscapes. The people are strangley dressed and it is life affirming, the way they are in a sea of stars and doing things that come naturally to humans. I wanted to illustrate the common place and desire.
I am self-taught and have been practising my art for over thirty years.
From the Deep, Sedna rises to defend the Arctic
Magazine Collage on Canvas
This image emerges from my rage and despair over the condition of our planet, and for those who would continue to perpetuate their destructive plundering unabated. My deepest fear is that we lose our Arctic, our permafrost and our ice. And so I invoke Sedna, the Great Mother of the circumpolar north, to rise from her underwater deep. To rise and defend the Arctic, and in so doing save our planet.
I have a combined honours degree, in Visual Art and English Literature, though since my graduation my practice and my teaching have informed all that I do.
Yukon Artists at Work, and through private commissions
I attempted a prairie scape as a break from Yukon landscapes which usually figure into my work. I also used 5 times as many colours as I ordinarily do, so my piece should be entirely unrecognizable. It is inspired by the Red Deer area where I have taken several years worth of summer workshops.
Massive number of workshops
As a digital artist, I wanted to do something analogue. This is my first drawing in decades. I drew stones in water from my memory and imagination, planted by the lithic beauty I have found in so many Yukon Rivers and streams.
I drew at a young age and won a competition that gave me entrance into art classes. I also studied studio art in university before going into photo and film.
My work I available at YA@W
On a Clear Day
The Ogilvie Tombstone Mountains fascinate me. The painting is a composite of several different photos depicting various areas in Yukon- it is not meant to represent any one place. I used acrylics in colours of our Yukon summer. The title is from “On a clear day, you can see forever.”
I am self-taught, starting with ceramics and gradually moving on to working with acrylics on canvas and more recently, watercolours.
My art is available directly from me at my home studio as well as Arts Underground and Midnight Sun Gallery & Gifts. It is also available from my Etsy site: GlosArtbygloria.etsy.com, Address 66 Alsek Rd, Whitehorse YT Y1A 3K4 Gloriaandison1@gmail.com
Web page: https://glosart.ca
What inspires me is the power of Mother Earth to regenerate itself-I used acrylic for its fluidity. The shapes remind me of the multitude of fish which inhabit our creeks and rivers.
Degree in Graphic Design
My work is available at Arts Underground and Cranberry Fair.
Under the Snow
I painted this piece in Europe, far from the clear and cold and my northern home. It could be the edge of a muskeg swamp, along a ridge, or even the side of the highway as the light fades at the end of the day. The palette is reminiscent of winters across the northland with cold blues, crisp whites, low light and long shadows. Or are those shadows and echo of summer? Maybe. It’s a wet-in-wet watercolour, painted with a lot of water. The technique really does create the painting and the magic is in leaving it alone to do its thing.
I’m self-taught and have been fortunate to study and paint with some really fantastic international artists. My work is available at Art Underground, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society, shows and directly from me.
Fb Cathy Routledge Water color Art
I often do performance or installation art so I had to alter for this event. Using the Yukon Guide to Fur-Bearing Animals , I tested out mood rings for eye on several animals, the Mood Rabbit (actually a Snowshoe Hare) was the most striking. The rings still change colour with temperature so depending on where you place this, this work can change. …A bit about the environment, a bit about body language, a bit about emotions in a lighthearted way: Mood Rabbit!
Amelia is self-taught. She has been creating in various mediums for 18 years.
Her art is available at arts festivals and online.
Salmon return to where they begin. The life cycle is repeated. “return” is an oil painting. I love the red colour. It is also a colour that is more luscious in the medium of oil than in any other kind of paint.
Red is what Chinook salmon turn to when spawning. Red is particularly noticeable at the fish ladders against the blue green of the water in the Yukon River. Another reason to love August!
I studied visual arts at the School of Fine Arts at University of Manitoba, graduating 1974. I have always made art. But late I life, I became involved in theatre designer and scenic artist. So for over 30 years I followed two paths. The two disciplines enhanced each other.
Yukon is an inspiring place. My art practice has flourished here. It isn’t just the natural world that is inspiring. The creative community here is also nourishing.
My work is available at Yukon Artists @ Work. Check out my website for other work not shown there.
Cultural Landscape Narrative
I am interested in how our brains create a narrative where one might or might not naturally be. These two objects-a yellow lynx skull and an ancient dehydrated carrots can-are joined together and now have a story. I also like how it seems as if the skull now has a neck of someone’s missed carrot dinner. The medium is acrylic on canvas.
Shauna is self-taught, Her work is available by request. She works mostly in scenic painting and murals.
#36 Janet Patterson
This is a Dirty Pour Acrylic Piece. I never know with dirty pours what result to expect, but this reminded me of a butterfly just coming out of its cocoon and stretching its wings for the first time. In some ways, it reminds me of my journey with painting… I only starting exploring this a very short while ago, stretching my wings in this new-to-me world.
I am a self taught amateur. I have taken some “one-off” art classes from a variety of local artists.
My work is available by contacting me directly at email@example.com
On My Way
My inspiration to create this piece was drawn from numerous sources: my desire to connect with this land and my love for my surroundings, the peaceful and meditative challenge I experience when giving myself time to pint and, most significantly, my connection to this incredible community of people with whom I live.
Though not based on it, this particular ridge reminds me of a section along Atlas Pass (Donjer Glacier Hike). I am drawn to the clean line and clear path, which snakes its way up on the ridge. The colours were chosen for the calm and coolness they impact for me.
Larra is self-taught. Her art is hung only in her livingroom and not available for sale.
Inspiration comes from the peacefulness of winter behind our house when I go out to photograph the Aurora. The trees stand as witness to me, as the amazing phenomenon of the Northern Light gift me with their presence.
Leslie is mostly self-taught except for a plethora of short term courses and workshops in specific mediums which began some 40 years ago with ceramics. Her art is available in Art Underground, Yukon Artists at Work, Down to Earth Gallery- Yellowknife NWT, Just Imagine Gallery-Cochrane AB
Online store: squareup.com/store/leslie-leong-ent-HD
Still life with Bear Skull
Oil on Canvas
This is a still life painting of things around my house and in my fridge. I find the square canvas compositionally, so I approached the scene from a low viewpoint with a somewhat foreshortened view of the skull.
Suzanne is primarily Self-taught, although she studied for 3 months in 2016 at the New York Academy of Art.
To find her art contact Suzanne at 867-336-0885
An Unfolding Truth
Often the more we look into, dissect or examine a truth, we find it is a complex or sometimes impossible tessellation of structures. This painting was created with spray point and masking tape. I am interested in architecture, mathematics and using art to explore how we see and feel about the world around us.
Jesse is self-taught and has been practicing for 15 years. His art is available at Arts Underground or by contacting him.
Wiley E is a welded piece made with found objects and metal.
Don is a university trained Canadian artist who has lived more than half his life in the North. He works mostly in clay and has recently retired from carving snow. He draws from nature and the stories from northern people, present and past, to create his art. It’s available at YA@W and Arts Underground.
Because we can
Bud is self-taught. His work is available from Arts underground in Whitehorse.
Here is the note he included in his submission.
“Having participated in the first fund raiser years ago I have witnessed a few of my artist friends who have applied for financial assistance and seen how it has helped them immensely during trying times.
Than last one was a very close friend, James Kirby who passed away last October, so my contribution is a tribute to him and a thank you to the Relief Fund.
This soapstone which I acquired in a trade with James seemed fitting to carve ?? beginning his song and dance titled “Because We Can”. We both used this answer to the questions of why we do what we do. Also, I signed it with a KY as we did on our collaborated sculptures.
I’d like to thank all those who are or have been involved in this much-needed fund, to all those who give time, expertise and art, it is BECAUSE WE CAN.
Weaver of Souls
The relationship between my Mother & my sister & I inspired me. I used willow & M340 clay. The image is my own face. Colours reflect the Earth’s soil and it’s dark richness.
I am self-taught in clay. I have a Fine Art Diploma in Dance
Her work is available directly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
I haven’t done a mask out of leather before so this is a e medium for me. I am inspired by the natural colours and the fur, it represents my grandfather. It is made of deer hide from Germany, recycled copper from Ross River and Polar bear fur. A long time ago, my grandfather/parents went for a walk right up to where they saw polar bear and they ate a muskox. It is a story my grandmother told me a long time ago.
I am a self–taught artist but also learned from my grandfather and father by watching them creating useable art.
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One of my initial metal works. It is made of welded round stock, bar stock, wire, copper sheet and screws-torched and painted. Ravens: part of an ongoing interest in life in the north.
His describes his education as experiential. His work is available at Yukon Artists @ Work and Raven Pottery Studio
Water, Life, Spirit
The central “water sprite” figure was made by casting handmade paper on a shell and a stone. It is embellished with gold leaf and beeswax encaustic. A spirte is a small elusive supernatural being of the sea. She is radiating, in this work of handmade paper, with stitched linen thread and beeswax encaustic.
The materials in this piece are encaustic, gold leaf, handmade flax paper, handmade shells, beach glass, acrylic paint.
Helen’s work is available at her studio: Stovepipe Paper Artist Studio
Please contact her through her website: www.helenoconnor.com
867-334-4292, call for a studio visit.
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