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 55 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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All Originals currently available:

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.

Rivers Edge

This original is 12"x12" and is acrylics on a deep wood panel. I love this location nestled in our valley close to John Janzen nature centre and Fort Edmonton Park...You can sit there and listen to the river, just beautiful.

On the Wings of an Angel

The original painting is 16"x16" acrylics on canvas. My video about it is on my homepage. If you'd like to come by to view please just contact me. Thank you.

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.


This original is 12'x12' acrylics on a cradled birch panel. For all the golf lovers out there I finally painted one for you. This is of the Victoria golf course in our valley. Reproductions on paper are also available.

Oh Amazing Skys

This is an oil painting on birch. 24"x30". it is of an amazing sky over a canola field on my way to Camrose. This original is stunning in person. Book your appointment to come by or buy this from my online store.

Dream On

12x16 oil on birch wood panel. This sunset over the valley in winter was done to show the amazing beauty of life. Sunsets help us to continue to dream of a beautiful tomorrow. The original is in oils on birch panel and is 12"x16".

True Patriots Love

24'x30" Acrylics on Birch wood panel, ready to hang and enjoy. This is the iconic spot along 97 Street (Canadian Forces Trail) that has sugar maples planted.

Into The Blue

This is a painting from Edmonton's river valley taken of a boat in our river. The original is 12"x12" acrylics on wood. I also have paper reproductions available now.

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


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.

Playing, Willows Beach

This original is 16" x 20" acrylics on canvas and is now available. I also do print on demand orders on canvas giclee reproductions for clients.

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.

© 2012 by Lori Frank


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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