Wednesday 11 December 2019

Hide And Seek
I have been excited to start hiding some symbols and figures into my
current work. This week I am finally at a place where I can start to add
some textured mediums that will give my rocks a sandy and chunky appearance.
People will be able to feel the raised rocks in my foreground.

Below is a cropped portion of my photo reference from the Bugaboos.
You will notice that there is a "K" already formed within the
ice and snow of this mountain. As I mentioned before, I intend to hide an 
image of Conrad Kain in this painting and this naturally occurring "K" gave
me the perfect opportunity and place to add the "C" for Conrad's initials.

Photo Reference of Snowpatch Spire

Adding the Initials of Conrad Kain

Camouflaging the initials so they are less conspicuous.

Tuesday 3 December 2019

The Bugaboos
This autumn I hiked to the Conrad Kain hut in the Bugaboo Provincial Park.
It was a fantastic day with great company. The larch had turned to a golden hue 
and the spires looked magnificent, as always. I photographed the Snowpatch spire 
from the Conrad Kain hut and felt that I needed to paint it.
 Sometimes intuition is the deciding factor on 
subject matter for my art work.
(Conrad Kain was an Austrian mountaineer who came to Canada in 1909 
to work as the Alpine Club of Canada's first official mountain guide.)

 *I have since learned that as a young boy, my Grandfather, Gil Cartwright, 
would chop firewood for Conrad Kain at his home in Wilmer, B.C.

*Conrad Kain's final resting place is in Kimberley, B.C.

And so began my fascination with Conrad Kain.

Since I began this painting, I found myself having dinner with a woman who has
 climbed each of the peaks in the Bugaboos EXCEPT for Snowpatch. 
She explained that she had only made it halfway up the peak before inclement 
weather forced her to propel back to the bottom. 


I have decided to paint the image of Conrad Kain into some of the rocks in 
my painting. I have also found a formation that appears naturally in the snow 
on the spire and looks like a capital 'K'.
 So, I have also decided to hide Conrad Kain's initials in my work as well.

Leslie ascending the stone steps at the Bugaboos.
I so enjoy using my airbrush for clouds and to create mist around mountain peaks.
Stay tuned for further progress. I am curious to see how easy or hard
 it will be for people to find the hidden elements in my finished piece.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Proudly announcing the launch 
of my art website.

Head on over to
and check out my latest paintings. 
I would love to know what you think of my site.


Wednesday 30 October 2019

Art Journaling with
Headwaters Art Society
Paint Nights Are Back!
We will be art journaling twice a month starting in 
November in the Headwaters Art Room.
Join us for an open house to discuss the process of art journaling, 
enjoy a beverage and see samples and supplies.
Mixed media, collage, paints, pencils and much more......
Much, much more than just an old diary entry!

Registration and information
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Headwaters Art Room, 8866 Grainger Road

Costs are minimal, members are always subsidized for supplies
 and instructor fees. Find out more about our membership and events.

Contact Leslie Cartwright @
(250) 349 - 5305

Saturday 20 July 2019

Terry Isaac
1958 - 2019
 Terry in his Gallery, Naramata Benches            Me and Terry at a workshop in 2018, Canal Flats

Most people who know me and watch my blog will know that I have been incredibly influenced by the talent, genius and heart of Terry Isaac. I was so very sad to learn of his passing on July 16th. Terry was a gifted artist and teacher who was very generous with his knowledge and his time. I am honoured to have known him, to have learnt from him and to have called him my friend.

Terry has been chosen as the 2019 Ducks Unlimited Artist of the year.

You can check out his work and his story

Friday 14 June 2019

Pottery and Paintings
Elizabeth Stuart
 Pynelogs Arts and Cultural Center
in Invermere, B.C.
June 18th, 2019 - July 13th, 2019
Opening Night 
Thursday, June 19th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday 14 April 2019

Columbia Connections
16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

In the autumn of 2018 I was commissioned by the RDEK to create a piece of art that would be presented to Ute Juras for her years of service as a member of their board. I was delighted that she had requested one of my paintings. Mount Sabine (locally known as 'Old Baldy') is in the background with the wetlands of the Columbia and the canal in the foreground. In days past, the canal was intended to connect bodies of water in order for boats to pass. In her role as a member of the RDEK and longtime member of council in Canal Flats, Ute Juras made connections with many people and organizations and so I thought this title of Columbia Connections to be very fitting.