Artist’s Corner: Jessica McVicker

Pilot’s Monument #2, 16”x20” acrylic

I painted this in March and I sold it at a show a few months later. I really enjoy the view from Pilot’s Monument — the vast expanse of Great Slave Lake and the colourful houseboats are all idiosyncratically Yellowknife and what I identify as being Northern. In this piece I wanted to capture the startling expanses of white and the extreme sunlight that emerges during February, March and April.

When I paint I want to share the beauty I see in the world, the beauty that always surrounds us but can often go unnoticed. I have always been passionate about art, and love to paint en plein (in the open air), but when the weather is too inclement, I work from a photograph. I have been painting in acrylics for almost 10 years, because they are quick-drying and great for outside. Before that I dabbled in all sorts of media and became proficient in watercolor, inks, block printing and graphic novel type work.

I grew up in Nelson, B.C. and decided I would move up to Yellowknife for a summer just to check things out. I had a good friend, Jazmine Gardner, who lived here and regaled me about her adventures, watching a film festival from the confines of a canoe, what the snow sounded like in winter… I thought the place sounded fascinating.

After one summer I went back to Alberta, finished my schooling and came back up. I’ve been here for over five years now.

You can find Jessica’s work at Down to Earth Gallery in Yellowknife, or online at jessicamcvicker.com. She can be reached by email at jessica.a.mcvicker@gmail.com

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