Jane Isakson

Upcoming Exhibition in October/November 2019

Jane Isakson is our feature artist for the 2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival - October 26 to November 3

My art practice is inspired by nature. Whether it is landscape or abstract painting, it is a search for symbol and meaning within the workings of nature that leads me to the act of observation and of painting.

Artist statement

Although I am attracted to and paint scenes of natural beauty, nature and the landscape are more than just scenery. All knowledge and discovery starts with observation from nature; all resources are derived from nature - it provides, reveals, inspires and gives us an opportunity to discover and understand our place in the world in a very fundamental way.

As geological histories are indicated by rock formations, animal histories by tracks and fossils, cultural histories by artifacts, the landscape includes these elements and more to reflect a philosophy of sorts – one that simultaneously suggests chaos and mystery as well as order and interconnection. Forms and patterns emerge and break down, reflecting the basic creative / destructive cycle of the natural world.

I try to indirectly incorporate these ideas into my presentation of the landscape by seeking out those patterns and finding forms in the shadows.

About the Artist

Sometimes we get to where we are going in roundabout ways. Jane Isakson always wanted to be an artist of some sort, but art school after high school was too big of a leap. Instead, she studied Norwegian language and literature at Camrose Lutheran College, now Augustana University, where she was also sidetracked with the sport of Biathlon. After almost a decade on the Canadian National Biathlon team and participating in two Winter Olympics (1992 and 1994), Jane decided to pursue the 'real' dream. In 1998 she completed a Fine Arts Degree at the University of Alberta. Settling in the Yukon Territory, Jane found that both the outdoor activities she enjoys locally and other journeys further afield take her into environments that inspire her work.


Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with distinction, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB 1998.
Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, Augustana University, Camrose AB, 1988.

Skoki Winter Visit

We skied into the historic Skoki Lodge from the Lake Louise ski resort, on a sunny bluebell day. My husband and I stayed at the lodge for a few nights to give us time to explore and through periods of mist and snow and bright sun we found ourselves quite enchanted. A particular highlight for me was to peruse the visitor logbook and find the signatures of my great uncles, who were some of the early visitors; they were there in January of 1940. Skoki is magical and I feel I need to go back for more material to paint from… (the food at the lodge was amazing too).