Greeted | Entering Jasper National Park

the cheif

In August 2015, I took a trip to Jasper, Alberta, Canada. This trip changed my life dramatically, but more then anything else it changed the direction of my art.

The photo above is one of the mountains on the left side of the highway, that gradually grew more majestic as we drove west. My sweet friend Sheila, who had grown up in Alberta, kept asking us if we could “see Chief yet.” When my eyes finally did perceive his presence, I was in awe: despite already having a powerful spiritual experience as we entered Jasper, it felt sacred seeing this mountain greet us.

I knew this would be my first painting.

chief sketch

After our two days in Jasper, we returned to Edmonton where I drew this rough sketch of what would be the first of a series of Rocky Mountain paintings. I was working a bit from memory, a bit from the photo (still on my cell phone at the time), and a bit from the feeling I had while driving through the mountains. I wanted the sensations of movement, energy and spirit.

base of chief cropped

As soon as I returned home to Ontario, I printed off all my photos and picked 7 that I wanted to start painting. I picked up 4 small canvases, 2 medium canvases and 1 large canvas. I knew this was going to be a new style and series.

greeted high rez

This finished painting is my favourite of the series: in a way it inspired the rest of the work. On December 19th I hosted a private art show, and this image was the only one not for sale. chief card

You can also check out the rest of the series in the Jasper Gallery.

This is a continuing project for me, so if you are interested in updates follow me on Facebook:  Jennifer Anne Burke.

Published by JenniferAnneBurke

Yogini since I was 17. Certified yoga instructor since I was 24. Totaling over 20 years of experience. Thousands of hours of practice, teaching, learning, sharing, loving, growing. I believe yoga needs to be made accessible to all people, even if that means simply practicing breath work. My business is named "The Gentle Way of Hatha" because from my personal experience it is the gentle practice that has been the most liberating, and what I wish to share with others. The essence of yoga: inner peace. Finding your calm in the chaos of life. Artist my whole life. Failed OCAD (well I didn't really give it a chance, I dropped out after one semester). Continue to create regardless. Check out to view my work. I love to travel, and hope to make it to Iceland in 2020 for an art adventure.

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