Stairway to Heaven Series, Trailblazing Series and Connector Series

Gallery of Edmonton's river valley

 
​​I focused full time on "Stairway to Heaven" and  my "Trailblazing" series of Edmonton's river valley from January 2013 to the end of May 2014 for my exhibit at The Works Art and Design Festival.    They are series of various stairs, trails and seasons leading to, or in our beautiful valley.  Both series were unveiled and a featured exhibit titled River Valley Coordinates on June 19 - July 1, 2014 at city hall for the festival.  Originals, giclee canvas reproductions and smaller reproductions on paper are for sale, enquire within or go to my online store (see above and below).  If you would like a private showing, contact me and come for a visit. Or check out my shows tab above and follow me on social media to see my latest projects and which market or festival I will be at.
 
I am continuing these series and have started another series of bridges - my Connector series of Edmonton.  My first bridge painting was of the fireworks that took place on Canada Day over the newly lit 109 Street Bridge.  The painting is called Celebration!  I also recently completed my fourth painting of my Connector Series; it is a footbridge in Capilano.  I'm also continuing my series with activities we can do outside to enjoy our river valley and the beauty of nature. 
 
Do you have a favourite trail, stairway or bridge of our beautiful river valley that you'd like me to paint?  Or, do you have an idea for a great location?  I'm open to painting anything that you think would be a fit and I'd like to hear from you.  I have now painted 61 paintings of Edmonton's beautiful river valley and look forward to continuing to capture it one painting at a time.  Below my gallery you will find my artist statement about these series.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Stairway to Heaven Series, Trailblazing Series and Connector Series

Gallery of Edmonton's river valley

On the Wings of an Angel, dedicated to Captain Jenn Casey, CFS Snowbirds

Rolling Down the River
Rolling Down the River

I finally got a chance to paint this whimsical painting of the ice break up on the the North Saskatchewan River. I call them icecicles... This original of the sunset over the water is 12"x16" acrylics on a deep birch wood panel. The reproductions are available now in both paper and canvas. Click on the link for more details.

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Passing Through
Passing Through

I finally got a chance to paint the new Walterdale bridge for a client and am selling various sized reproductions of it as well as it in greeting cards now. Check it out on my online store.

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Happy Trails
Happy Trails

This fall painting was created for Connie. The original was 30"x40" so reproduction sizes are available up to that size on canvas. I now have paper prints of it available that are 12"x16" and are $45 each. It is now part of my Trailblazing series in my collections. Contact me with any other questions

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Rivers Edge
Rivers Edge

There's a beautiful walk in the valley on trails on the West end that lead around the John Janzen nature centre and Fort Edmonton Park. The North Saskatchewan river is right beside you just outside of the path of trees. I loved this private bench in the setting. The original is now sold. I am now also selling paper prints of it the same size or canvas giclee prints that size and up to 16"x16" for those that want to supersize it.

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Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

The trail by Victoria Park Road and 116 Street... Original sold to Dianne Assaly via River Valley Conservation Society Giclee canvas reproductions (same size as original) avail, and other sizes as well as 12"x12" reproductions on paper. Enquire direct. Lori Frank, Edmonton river valley artist

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Ravine Dreams
Ravine Dreams

I've wanted to paint this spot in our valley for awhile. Entering Government House park and McKinnon Ravine. The original was 12"x12" acrylics on wood and is in The Melton's collection. Reproductions of it are now available.

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Riverside Dreams
Riverside Dreams

The sidewalk along River Valley Road is always full of runners, walkers, cyclers and people sitting by the river. The original is now in Margaret McVea's collection.

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Valley Gateway
Valley Gateway

Louise McKinney park. This original is now available. Acrylics on Canvas, 20" x 20"(framed in an espresso floater frame) Reproductions of this and all of my series are available. Enquire within Lori Frank, Edmonton river valley

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Dare You To
Dare You To

I finally painted the stairs by the Royal Glenora! The original is Gloria Letwin's. Acrylics on Canvas Giclee on canvas reproductions (same size as original 20"x20") - available 12" x 12" reproductions on paper avail. Click on my online store to purchase. Lori Frank, Edmonton art

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Fall From Above
Fall From Above

This fall staircase is located beside the hotel Macdonald. The staircase is now torn down to make room for the funicular that is being installed. The original is acrylics on canvas, 20'x20". The original is in John J. McDonald, III's private collection, reproductions are available. Giclee on canvas reproductions (same size as original) - available 12" x 12" reproductions on paper Click on my online store to purchase. Lori Frank, Edmonton art

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On The Promenade
On The Promenade

Original is now in Paul Thompson's collection it is 12"x12" acrylics on wood. The beautiful sidewalk on Victoria Promenade by the river valley. Reproductions are now available.

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Valley Below
Valley Below

This is such a popular cycling, running and walking trail in our valley. I painted this from a photo I took from the overpass on 142st. Mckinnon ravine is breathtakingly beautiful. The original is 20"x20", acrylics on canvas. It is now in Deb Hammacher's collection in Atlanta, Georgia. I also have reproductions available as well.

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Path Often Taken, Trailblazing Serie
Path Often Taken, Trailblazing Serie

This is one of two fall paintings that I have done of this trail above the Victoria Golf Course. I have also done 2 winters and one summer from it as well. All from different locations. 53.3216 N, 113.3118 W The original belongs to Faye and Howie McCann but reproductions are avail. Giclee on canvas reproduction - 20" x 20" - available Reproductions on paper 12" x 12" - available Click on my online store link to purchase Enquire within, Edmonton art

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The Dance of Autumn, Trailblazing
The Dance of Autumn, Trailblazing

This painting was featured in the Edmonton Journal on 2 separate occasions. The trail is located in Millcreek ravine - 53.3134 N, 113.3124 W. It reminds so many people of other spots in our valley. As long as it resonates with you all that's great! The original was sold to Mark Henderson and reproductions are available. Giclee on canvas reproductions (20" x 20") available Reproductions on paper 12" x 12" - available Click on my online store to purchase Lori Frank, Edmonton art

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The Path Home
The Path Home

An iconic view of the LeMarchand and our valley trails from the hill on Victoria Park Hill. The original was created for the Millers but 12"x12" paper reproductions will be available by end of February.

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99 Steps, Edmonton's river valley
99 Steps, Edmonton's river valley

Another fall painting in my Stairway to Heaven Series. This painting features the Victoria Golf Course in the background and our beautiful river valley. 53.3212 N, 113.3135 W The original was commissioned for Neil MacDonald and Richard. It is their favourite stairway. Giclees on canvas 20" x 20" are available. Smaller reproductions on paper (12" x 12") available Click on my online store to purchase Lori Frank, Edmonton river valley painter - Edmonton art

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Walk This Way, Trailblazing Series
Walk This Way, Trailblazing Series

The bottom of this trail leads into Hawrelak Park. 53.3135 N, 113.3372 W The original was done for Dr. Mark Heule and his wife Nancy. Reproductions are available. Giclee on canvas - 20" x 20" - available Reproductions on paper 12" x 12" - available Click on my online store to purchase Edmonton art

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The Circuit
The Circuit

Victoria Park Hill is super popular as a workout circuit for so many. In the background is the LeMarchand. The original is in Paul Thompson's collection; but 12"x12" paper reproductions are ordered. Contact me direct.

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Down.Fall
Down.Fall

Acrylics on Canvas 20" x 20" x 1" 53.3213 N, 113.3135 W This is the first painting in my series of "Stairway to Heaven"; my ongoing series of Edmonton's river valley. It overlooks the Victoria golf course and the U of A is in the background.I have also painted this staircase in 3 other paintings Original SOLD to Kelly Mauthe Giclees on canvas various sizes available 12" x 12" reproductions on paper Lori Frank, Edmonton river valley painter, Edmonton art

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Autumn Splendour
Autumn Splendour

53.3146 N, 113.3113 W These stairs are part of my fall Stairway to Heaven series of Edmonton's river valley. The original has been sold to Joan Frank-Hergott and Murray. I am so thrilled that they will have one of my original paintings in their home. Giclees on Canvas available Reproductions on paper (12" x 12") available Click on my online store to purchase Lori Frank, Edmonton river valley, Edmonton art

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Sask Drive Stairs, Stairway Series
Sask Drive Stairs, Stairway Series

This painting is part of my ongoing painting series Stairway to Heaven. I am capturing different stairways leading to Edmonton's river valley, one stairway at a time. It was done for Linda Reha-Krantz and it is her favourite stairway. 53.3123 N, 113.3012 W 20" x 20" x 1" Acrylics on Canvas The original is Linda's, but giclees on canvas are available 12" x 12" reproductions on paper avail Click on my online store to purchase Lori Frank, Edmonton Art, Edmonton river valley

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Starting Home
Starting Home

This painting is available with the entire image the same size as the original acrylics on canvas (24"x30"); as a limited edition of 50 giclee canvas reproduction. It is also available in square sizes to go with the entire series if you prefer that or are buying multiples. 12" x 12" paper reproductions and greeting cards are available.

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One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time

This is the stairway in Wolf Willow with the walking bridge to John Janzen and Fort Edmonton Park. This is a cropped version of the painting I did for the Hon. MP Laurie Hawn and his wife Judy. A larger version (like the original 20" x 30" is also available. 20" x 20" Giclee canvas reproduction available 12" x 12" reproductions on paper available and full image size 12" x 18" Click on my online store to purchase Lori Frank, Edmonton art

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The Shadows of Fall, Trailblazing
The Shadows of Fall, Trailblazing

Part of my Trailblazing Series of Edmonton's river valley. This trail is above the Victoria golf course. I have also done another fall, 2 winters and 1 summer of this trail; from different locations. 53.3214 N. 113.3111 W The original now in Jake and Alline's art collection. Acrylics on Canvas, 20" x 20" Giclee on canvas reproductions (same size as original) available Reproductions on paper 12" x 12" - available Click on my online store to purchase Lori Frank, Edmonton art

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On the Wings of an Angel
On the Wings of an Angel

Our beloved snowbirds embarked on a cross country journey in 2020 to lift us all up during the depths of covid 19 isolation. Their journey was called operation inspiration and they sure did that. Unfortunately a few days later Captain Jenn Casey was killed. From encouragement of my fans I pressed on to paint this painting and to dedicate it to her memory. A portion of proceeds raised will go to the Edmonton Humans Society in her honor as her friend let me know that Jenn would love that.

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Cherry Blossom Way
Cherry Blossom Way

This beautiful Spring painting of the view on the Promenade each year of the blossoms on the trees has been on my creative list to do for a while. Here it is! The original is currently available and prints will be available as 12"x16" and canvas reproductions the same size as the original are available by request 16"x20".

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Renewal Time
Renewal Time

This painting represents Spring in our valley and signifies renewal. 12"x16" paper reproductions of it are now available.

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Walk with Me
Walk with Me

This iconic walk behind the Alberta Legislature building is timeless and beautiful. Now available.

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Fore!
Fore!

Living above the Victoria golf course I can't tell you how many times at the beginning of each golf season I hear Fore! :) Love golfing season. The original has been sold and 12"x12" paper reproductions are available.

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Alexander Circle
Alexander Circle

Such a beautiful spot to sit and contemplate. This is located in Glenora by our valley. 12"x12" prints are available the end of February 2019. Contact me direct.

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All Originals currently available:

Sounds of Silence

This is the 3rd original that I have done in my Moraine Lake series of the walk that I did when I was there. It is 12"x16" acrylics on a deep birch wood panel. The red canoe in it and the incredible colour of the water in this jaw droppingly beautiful place in the world...is in our backyard in Canada. This is also available in paper and canvas giclee reproductions and will be available as greeting cards soon.

Beside the Still Waters, Moraine Lake

This original is 12"x16" and is acrylics on a deep wood panel. It is ready to hang and enjoy, like all of my originals. What more can I say about this trail other than being here is breathtakingly beautiful and the color of the water is so incredible.

Cherry Blossom Way

This original acrylics on canvas 16"x20" of the Victoria Promenade in the spring is now available. You are welcome to come by to view it by appointment.

Renewal Time

16"x20" Acrylics on Canvas Life is full of renewal times, embrace and welcome them. Contact me to view this original or purchase from my online shop.

Illumination, Flying Canoe Volant

20"x20" Acrylics on Canvas - original now available. This amazing winter festival called the flying canoe volant festival, takes place in the Millcreek ravine each year. I had to paint an image of it as it is otherworldly and so whimsical. Contact me directly to come view the original or purchase from my online store.

Walk With Me

Acrylics on Canvas 16"x16" One of my favourite walks on the Legislative building's grounds overlooking the river valley. Such an iconic spot.

Room with a View

What a fabulous view of the roof top of the Fairmont Macdonald Hotel and our beautiful valley. This acrylics on canvas 30"x30" painting is available. Room with a View 30"x30"x1.75" (deep) Acrylics on Canvas

Love One Another

Two little girls sitting on a bench in our river valley. A good reminder for us to be there for each other and to share the love...12x12" acrylics on canvas. This original is 12"x12" and is acrylics on wood. It is now available as well as paper reproductions of it.

Valley Gateway

The original is now available.(custom framed in an espresso floater frame) Acrylics on Canvas, 20" x 20" Lori Frank, Edmonton river valley artist

Dreamcicle

The ice castle that was built in Hawrelak Park last winter was amazing. I couldn't wait to paint it. 20"x20" Acrylics on Canvas Lori Frank, Edmonton Artist, Ice Castle

The Creator, Bow River, Banff

The original is 22"x28" Acrylics on Canvas. Lori Frank, Edmonton, Canadian Artist

Winter Wonderland

These stairs in the Millcreek ravine leading to the frozen river lead to such a scenic spot to reflect. Acrylics on canvas 20"x20" 53.3046 N, 113.2821 W Original Acrylics on Canvas 20" x 20" To purchase click on my online store link. Lori Frank, Edmonton river valley, Edmonton artist.

Salsa Sunset

Acrylics on paper, custom framed. Image size 22.5"x30. This painting has been in my private collection and I am now ready for it to find a new home. Reproductions upon request are available as well.

Tenom (Monet) Lilies

My interpretation of water lilies from a photo I took in Monet's garden in Giverny France. Acrylics on paper image size 22.5x "30", custom framed 38"x42". Reproductions upon request are available too.

The Calm Before the Storm

Watercolours on paper. 13" x 30" image size. Custom framed in a silver frame. This painting is a metaphor for life. My hope is that we enjoy life even when the storms are rolling in. Reproductions upon request are available.

Artist statement about Lori's Stairway to Heaven, Trailblazing and Connector painting series of Edmonton river valley

Where do I go in Edmonton to connect with nature? We don't have a Central Park here; we have our river valley and its way larger than New York's famous park that is highly regarded in that great city.  Our river valley is the largest in North America; and I live by it and call it my backyard.  I am inspired everyday by the energy, comfort and serenity it gives me.  I live in the heart of the city and look outside and feel like I'm away from it all, on a holiday with this beautiful breathtaking view.  All of my walks, bike rides and drives around my neighborhood and around our picturesque city; have always held me captive to a yearning to be close, in, or to explore my true love here more, our valley.  Over the years I have taken hundreds of photos and continue to, of my backyard;  in preparation of my goal to paint it someday, and that day finally came the beginning of 2013.
Phase 1 of my ongoing acrylic on canvas painting series "Stairway to Heaven" of Edmonton's river valley was started in January 2013.  My objective of this series is to create awareness - 1). Of the river valley's natural beauty that surrounds us. 2). for us to revere,and preserve our river valley for future generations to enjoy. 3). for people to actively enjoy and discover our valley.  This is also my way of sharing and continuing to discover and capture in painting form;  various staircases and seasons leading to our river valley.  As the series continued, Phase 2 involved me starting an additional series that focuses on trails entitled "Trailblazing", until the end of May 2014.  My River Valley Coordinates exhibit at city hall for the Works Art & Design Festival in June 2014, unveiled all 25 of these paintings.  Phase 3 - My goal is to continue these series and I have also started another series of "bridges" in our valley.  My first painting for this newest series  features our newly lit 109th street bridge.  The painting is called Celebration! and captures the fireworks that took place on Canada Day 2014.
While painting these series and the subjects on each particular piece I am challenged as an artist as it is my intention to really capture the subject matter and composition in its entirety accurately; while maintaining my impressionistic style.  It means alot to me to represent my hometown.  I consider these series of paintings a historical representation of our time here with the valley.  Every painting is an exciting adventure to find, photograph and then paint.  My overall objective of these series is to retain the familiarity and sense of recognition with each painting for the viewer to say "I know where that is!", "where is that?" or "that's my favourite staircase"!
 
On my website I provide the coordinates of most of the paintings of my Edmonton river valley series, for viewers to be able to go to the exact spot that inspired me to do each painting.  It is my intention with my ongoing series to inspire Edmontonians and tourists to also physically travel firsthand; to discover and enjoy our river valley and develop a deeper connection with North America's largest urban parkland.  Let's discover new trails together!
 
 

 

Inspired by nature, travel, and always looking for beauty and inspiration in everyday life.