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Majestic mountain landscapes at Nelson Library

By Contributor
March 12th, 2024

New landscape paintings are on display by Nelson artist Abby Wilson.

Her feature piece “Valhalla Traverse” is a triptych (three connecting panels) that links popular hiking trails from Valhalla Provincial Park into a panoramic scene.

It practically glows off the walls with sunset infused light. Other paintings capture the Kootenay and Rocky mountains with stylized lines and inventive colours.

Abby is the author of the much anticipated, forthcoming West Kootenay Hiking guidebook and her work is heavily inspired by local hiking trails and viewpoints.

Abby Wilson paints her love of these mountains into bright, bold acrylic landscapes, exploring how geometry aligns with natural geology. Abby spends the summers hiking, bringing her sketchbook with her before eventually moving to the studio.

When asked about her inspiration, she says, “I work to develop paintings that focus on the majesty of the mountain landscapes. I use colour and shape to push the structure of the mountain towards the surreal, striving to capture the feelings of otherworldly bliss and awe that comes with exploring these wild places.”

Abby’s work is held in private collections in Canada, the US, and Europe. She sells her artwork over her website and the original works displayed in the library are also for sale.

The exhibition continues until the end of April.

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