View of the Century
Not For Sale
The views from Abbott Pass Hut (2526m) on the Great Divide between Yoho and Banff National Parks are spellbinding, as is the hut itself - a stout stone hut built in 1922 by the Swiss guides. Its century old walls are steeped in climbing history, stories of adventure, challenge and friendship. We were fortunate to spend 3 nights there several years ago, weathering an autumn storm in blissful isolation in the highest habitable structure in Canada at the time. The storm howled in as we arrived at the hut, but we enjoyed a brief moment of light on the Yoho peaks before snow battered the old paned windows - beginning a 3 day blizzard. Varnished wood casings held a couple of vintage Coleman lanterns, guide books, maps, candle stubs and bits of gear, but for the purposes of this painting I included only a single lantern so as not to distract from the mountainscape beyond the glass. I started this painting as my personal celebration of Abbott Pass Hut's 100th birthday this year, and finished at the sad news that the iconic hut is to be dismantled due to climate change induced ground failure. A once in a lifetime experience.
|Technique:||Watercolour on 300lb Arches|
|Edition:||Original, one of a kind artwork|
|Framed Size:||51.5in x 33in|
|Unframed Size:||38.5in x 20in|
Jennifer Annesley, SFCA