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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

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

All Originals currently available:

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.

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.

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"!
 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.
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