Cascade Mountain is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Banff National Park. It towers over the city and is often photographed from the main street. For quit some time I knew I wanted to paint it, but am more attracted to the idea of wild places so I set out to ﬁnd my own view of Cascade. After an morning of bush wacking my way up the Bow River, I found a clam part of the river with the perfect view of Cascade Mountain. I got my sketch and a few photos and a few soakers. I then headed home to start painting and dry my socks.
This painting was the result of a 4 day canoe trip on Kootenay Lake. The location that inspired this work was the west shore of Crawford Bay. The outcrop of rocky shores with the blue mountains cascading down the lake made for the prefect backdrop for a lone Douglas Fur that had somehow managed to take root and ﬂourish despite its inhospitable location. After we set up camp our group gathered on the rock to watch the sun set and basked in the rewards of an other day of paddling done.