A Walk Toward the Sunny Hill is a contemplative study on a journey, both of a physical journey to the wild prairie fields that surround the home where I grew up and a journey of the soul as I respond to the land that I discover. Each painting examines the land- how it moves, how it plays a role in shaping those that tread upon it, what it is composed of. The show is composed of two parts- 10 impressionistic abstract canvas pieces that explore the grassy fields and the effects that they have on the viewer as the wind blows through. An additional 6 watercolour pieces are included under the title, The Living Things I Brought Back With Me, which examine the individual parts that these fields are composed of and how those parts may be preserved.
I am a botanical watercolour artist and abstract impressionistic painter working out of Saskatoon, SK, having recently moved back after a stint in Vancouver. I create pieces inspired by the natural landscapes around me and I desire to reflect the relationship between the human soul, atmosphere, and the land. I find myself drawn toward the Victorian Naturalist movement along with the history of wildcrafting and natural medicine. I currently sell my work online, in a few local shops and am quite often taking on new commission work for botanical pieces or house portraits.
You can find more of my work at www.jennihaikonen.com or on lnstagram: @jennihaikonen.
If you wish to contact me, you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This body of work was comprised over the many months of winter.
The warm swirls of acrylic paint were therapeutic during a long stretch of darker days.
The prairie climate forces it’s inhabitants to brave a harsh environment.
The reward of Spring is welcome and always provides us with new hope and rejuvenation.
The touching through handwriting, pen and paper across a distance, the effort to write, enclose a letter and mail it makes it a cherished object, a special gift, to be held with a type of reverence. – Monique Martin