The Presence of Trees
A new exhibition by Martha Jane Ritchie
October 6th to October 31st
The “Presence of Trees” exhibition was inspired and created during Martha’s retreat at the Ted Harrison Artist Residency at Crag Lake. As the artist explains, “I spent a lot of time walking and drawing along the trail through the aspen forest. The trees there are large, twisted and sculptural and I was really intrigued by the beauty of their imperfections. I found that each tree seemed to have its own personality. It was very peaceful amongst them.”
“The drawings and prints in my show, ‘The Presence of Trees’, attempt to capture the character of some of these trees. I hope that viewers will have a sense of quiet sitting amongst them… especially now in these times of COVID-19 and social unrest.”
Martha is an artist and printmaker living and working in Haines Junction, Yukon. She creates bold linocuts prints and mixed medium artworks inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds her home-based, ‘Inky Fingers Studio’. Her images of mountains, skies, trees, plants and birds, are intended to give viewers an intimate glimpse of the life that thrives in the northern boreal forest and vast northern landscape.
She received her formal training from Emily Carr College of Art and Design where she majored in printmaking. Martha has been has been building her art practice for 35 years. She is known primarily for her linoleum cut prints but her artistic practice also includes drawing, painting and textiles. Recently she has been creating three-dimensional works in paper as well as small acrylic polymer clay figures.
Martha’s art has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and is in private collections in Canada, United States, Germany and England.