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© Jean Pilch Larch Valley Crescendo

Jean Pilch



Jean’s finely detailed representational artworks in various media depict the landscape of western Canada, with a primary focus on the mountains of the Kananaskis and Banff Parks.Working in acrylic on canvas and pastel pencil on paper, she combines technical precision with strong design elements to present an edited but convincing realism. The paintings and drawings are studio work, taking several weeks to complete, and are based on reference photos taken on her photographic and hiking excursions.

Jean grew up in the Peace River country of northern Alberta, graduated from the University of Alberta, and is a long-time resident of Calgary. She has been a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists since 1988 and a Life Member since 2001.

Jean’s award-winning work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions in Alberta, including “Edited Realism” (2015) at the VAAA Gallery, Edmonton and “Postcards From Italy” (2012), “New Works” (2011), “High Definition” (2009) and “Fall Fling” (2005), all at Masters Gallery, Calgary. She has participated in juried group exhibitions throughout Canada and in Kalispell, New York and Japan.

Her work is found in numerous private and corporate collections, including Sunshine Village, the Hyatt Regency, Flames Rotary House and the Cross Cancer Institute, and in the permanent collections of the Whyte Museum of the Rockies and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Images have been published in several books, including “Mount Assiniboine, Images in Art”, Jane Lytton Gooch, Rocky Mountain Press (2007), “Alberta Society of Artists, the First Seventy Years”, Kathy Zimon, University of Calgary Press (2000) and “Best of Canadian Pastels”, Pastel Society of Canada, Art Instruction Associates (1999).

Jean is represented by Canada House Gallery in Banff: www.canadahouse.com.

Artist Statement

My paintings usually start with a hike. I take my camera as I explore the high trails and backroads of Alberta and beyond. In my studio, I often spend several weeks on a painting. My artwork is a way of reliving and sharing my experiences.

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