Emily Beaudoin is a watercolour and pen and ink artist and muralist based out of Revelstoke, BC and Canmore, Alberta. Emily has always been irresistibly drawn to the mountains for their complexity, colours, abundance of life and beauty. She spends her time hiking, skiing, biking, and paddling into the backcountry in order to paint her experiences.
Emily uses vibrant colour, texture, white space and intricate line work to convey the sense of freedom, adventure and energy she experiences while in the mountains, as well as her connection to and love for these wild places. Emily aims to capture the power and ruthlessness of the wilderness as well as its beauty, fragility and extreme vulnerability. Her hope is that her art will transport viewers to the ridges, summits and valleys she explores and allow them to feel their own sense of connection and awe. The way she sees it, people will only fight to protect the wild places they have a relationship with, and if her art inspires even just one person to go outside and want to be a part of the wilderness, she’ll be a happy camper.
For me, the mountains are places full of magic, colour, wind and light. They have tested humans for centuries, both physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, and I am constantly humbled when I spend time with them. At a first glance, they may appear unmovable, invulnerable and stoic, but the harsh reality is that they are suffering just as much as we are from the effects of climate change. Glaciers have receded at astonishing rates over the last hundred years, native plants and animals are running out of habitat as temperatures climb, and forest fires rage across the landscape.
I aim to use my time spent exploring and painting these places as a witness to changing and vanishing landscapes, to create a window into these endangered places for the public, and to share the sense of connection and stewardship I feel for the mountains. We can’t take these places for granted, and the first step is to experience them as they are now, whether that is in person or through art