Welcome to Hillcrest Studio. Here you will find a limited selection of original landscapes by Mark Brennan covering a range of locations & dates of trips into the Canadian Wilderness. Don’t hesitate to contact us through the tab in the upper right if you have any questions. For photographic landscapes please visit here.
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Winter Forest, Whitehill, Nova Scotia
Oil On Birch Panel, 8.5 x 10.5 inches, unframed original. 2012. From 2012, near Mark's home, the winter woods below his studio.
Athabasca Glacier Moraine 2007
Acrylic On Canvas, 11x14 inches, framed original 2016. In the spring of 2007 Mark was in the Western Canadian National parks, Banff, Jasper and Glacier. This work is the moraine below the Athabasca Glacier in 2007. Incredibly enough, this glacier has receded 45 meters since Mark was there in 2007. The Athabasca Glacier is also the headwaters of the Athabasca River, which further downstream is being impacted by the tar sands.
Morning, North Saskatchewan River
Acrylic on stretched canvas, 10x12 inches, framed original 2008. In the spring of 2007 Mark went to the Western Canadian national parks to paint and spent a week exploring Banff, Jasper and Kootenay National Parks. This piece, painted in the studio in 2008 comes from a long day exploring the high passes of Banff National Park. This period produced some early acrylic paintings, of which this is one. Available Qty: 1
Spring, Myra Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park
Oil on supported birch, 24x36 inches. Unframed original 2015. In the Spring of 2015 Mark made the long journey from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island where, for two weeks, he lived out of a car with his friend Michael. It was the old growth forests that Mark was drawn too and the highlight being the incredible Strathcona Provincial Park. This work is a part of that journey, the thundering Myra Falls. Available Qty: 1
Spring, The Kootenay River Valley, British Columbia
Oil On birch panel 6x8 inches, Framed original. 2014. In 2007 Mark traveled West from his home in Nova Scotia to visit the Rocky Mountain National Parks during late May. It was a spectacular time. The mountains were still snow covered, the rivers just opening and in the lower valleys Spring was arriving to bring budding trees and bird song. Mark is still producing work from this trip 9 years later. This small piece evokes the sweep of a bend in the Kootenay River, British Columbia. Available Qty: 1
Gold River Wetland, Spring, Vancouver Island
Oil On Birch Panel, 5x7 inches, framed original. 2015. In the Spring of 2014 Vancouver Island beckoned and Mark traveled there with a friend from Alberta to spend the better part of two weeks in a rental car experiencing the wild places of this incredible island. This small work is from a spring wetland just outside of the town of Gold River in the more northerly part of Vancouver Island. Available Qty: 1
View Near Thasis, Vancouver Island, BC
Oil on birch panel. 7x9 inches, framed original. 2014. This oil sketch was one of the first paintings to come out of a two week trip to Vancouver Island. On the Western edge of Vancouver Island is the tiny hamlet of Thasis. Mark made it here after several hours driving on remote logging roads from Gold River. Towards the end of that trip the views of the distant mountains become quite incredible. It was recently featured in the show "Touching The Wild Within" at the Tatamagouche Cultural Center, NS. Available Qty: 1
Light On Rannoch Moor, Scotland
Acrylic On Canvas, 11x14 inches, 2016. Unframed original. Rannoch Moor is perhaps the UK's most wild place, its bogs and fens cover some 50 square miles, a sizable chunk for a country the size of the UK. Mark grew up near here and spent a great deal of time climbing the hills South of this area. In 2015 Mark went back to Scotland for a family wedding and to re-connect with these wild places of his childhood. Since then he has made plans for a trip more focused on painting in the Spring of 2017.
“My work is derived from a philosophy that to truly represent something in an art form we must become totally immersed in our subject.” Mark travels extensively into his motif, the Canadian Landscape. From this ‘total immersion' comes an emotional response, which is expressed through his work. “I see the landscape as something pure, containing age old rhythms and patterns, and with each painting I seek this ebb and flow of nature that holds us all together, to form our connection to all things wild. I want to light up the eyes of Canadians, to awaken them to this wonderful land, to bring the wilderness home.” View PostsVisit Website →