Waterton Lakes 2015, Photograph by Randolph Parker

Waterton Lakes National Park and the Ranch Lands of South Western Alberta are

exceptional for their natural beauty, topography, weather conditions, flora and

fauna. Randolph Parker spent the early part of July exploring the area for visual

inspiration and came away with enough to last for years.

Told by staff at Master’s Gallery, it would take two and a half hours to drive from

Calgary to Waterton Lakes, it actually took Parker nine hours. “ The beauty along

the Cowboy Trail heading south was so impressive I had to stop every few

kilometers to take photographs “ says Parker.

The Wild Flower Festival, at the park, was just beginning as he arrived and the

weather was fantastic. Blue skies with a variety of cloud patterns greeted everyday,

creating a complexity and drama to an already stunning landscape. Hundreds of

photographs were taken as reference material related to the experience of the area.

As Parker has said, “ Sometimes you see a fantastic composition in front of you but

the best lighting effect is behind you “.

After a few days of hiking he headed north to join long time art dealer and friend,

Rod Green from the Masters Gallery, at a ranch near Twin Butte. Green had

arranged through the generosity of the ranch owner for Parker to explore the area

with a fantastic and knowledgable guide.

For the next few days the land was traversed from creek beds to mountain sides.

Vistas were viewed many times and contemplated under a variety of light

conditions, all in an effort to understand the area.

Parker stated “ It is difficult to describe the joy and awe of walking on that land

without waxing poetic.

Suffice it to say, this visual artist was thrilled to be there and is looking forwarded to

creating paintings reflecting its vastness and complexity ”.

Masters Gallery will show these new works, from the amazing South West corner of

Alberta, as they become available.