Smoke From a Nearby Fire 12in x 24in Oil On Canvas
Bea was born in Spain and grew up in Toronto. She settled in Whistler in 1986 after a chance visit to the area and began painting in 2001 through the guidance of a local artist, Lyle MacDonald.
Since her first introduction to painting, she has taken many workshops and classes including continuing education classes at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver as well as the Whistler Summer Art Workshops on the Lake. For the past few years Bea has studied life drawing through Studio Escalier in France and Watts Atelier in California via their on-line school as well as practicing life drawing in her home town of Whistler.
Bea’s subject matter ranges from landscapes to portraits and the local mountains and lakes of the BC Sea to Sky country are a constant source of inspiration. She loves to hike and travel and is never without her camera, ready to capture the appeal of light, landscape and culture.
This painting is from a photo taken in summer of 2015. There were forest fires burning near Pemberton. The smoke blocked the evening sun creating a beautiful pre-sunset sunset. Although it was very unsettling it produced this beautiful moment.