About The Event
I am Stephanie von Neudegg, a landscape artist born, raised, and currently based in Banff, Alberta. I grew up hiking through meadows and skiing fast. The vibrance of the mountains has always been one of my greatest thrills – the warm glow of a sunset on a glacier, a small patch of alpine flowers, a storm rolling over a distant range, or the glisten of mica in a stone. The abundance of colours found in the mountains of home have always captivated my attention.
Painting has always come with me, but became a substantial part of my life in 2015. “Backcountry Brights” is a collection of important scenes that have captured my heart between the Bow Valley and the Bugaboos. This series is dedicated to my Grandpa – who gave us our home in the mountains.
My work is inspired by the boldness of the mountains. I choose my palettes to exaggerate the colours in nature, or to offer a new mood to a familiar scene. With depictions of the Rockies being so numerous, I work to achieve something fresh and adventurous for the viewer. I paint the brilliance of my home ranges through careful abstraction, while still maintaining accuracy in the shape and structure of a landscape.
It’s amazing that the rocks, plants, and incredible hues of the Rocky Mountains have simply sprung from the earth here. Each petal in a meadow knows to fill itself with pigment as it blooms. I create with a wild palette to reflect those colours. It is my hope that my art encourages the viewer to get outside and enjoy this magic too.
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Kicking Horse Culture presents about four dozen cultural events and activities throughout the year in Golden, B.C., the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwépemc Nations which is also home to Métis Nation Columbia River.