Ursula Reynolds, "Watchful," 2004, inks, 20" x 23".
ALBERTA: Nov 20-Dec 3, 2004, Westlands Gallery, Cochrane
By Jennifer MacLeod
Ursula Reynolds grew up in post-WWII Frankfurt, Germany, almost entirely removed from nature. Today, she lives on 70 acres of prairie, meadow and river valley near Cochrane, Alberta, amidst a busy wildlife corridor. Her fall show will encompass both influences, she says. Walls – the crumbling, bomb-ravaged walls of her childhood – occasionally emerge in her work, while nature is a constant theme. Bison figure prominently, embodying the connection she feels to the land upon which she lives, and its history. “I’ve found bison bones near my home,” she says, adding that she is intrigued by the form and texture of the bison image. Rocks are another motif that symbolize nature and time. Recently, Reynolds has begun painting polar bears. In November, she plans an expedition to Churchill, Manitoba, to view bears in the wild. “I want to see them in the wild and do my own photography and sketches,” she says. Through summer and fall, Reynolds conducts week-long artists’ workshops from her home-based studio, River Rock Studio (www.riverrockstudio.com).
Represented by: Mountain Galleries, Whistler, BC, Jasper and Banff, AB; Westlands Gallery, Cochrane, AB; Willock & Sax, Waterton, AB.