Kim Pollard at the Fort

130mile Marsh,   16×16, oil on canvas, Cariboo country

(all images on this post are by Kim Pollard)

You may have read my recent post about travelling the Fraser Highway and the Number Ten in the Fraser Valley. (at

I was distressed at the development that has covered the Langley and Surrey parts of the Fraser Valley with over-sized apartment blocks and shopping malls.

Grasslands, 18×24, oil on canvas, Douglas Lake/Merritt

I had no time to take photos neither of the new construction nor the bits of natural landscape that remain. I must say that it is not primary landscape. Already in this past century and a half, settlers came, took down the forests and cleared the land for farming. It is fertile delta soil, wonderful for food production and dairy farming.  But progress must ever win out. Currently, progress is taking the form of concretization.

Sagebrush & Time, 18×36 oil on canvas, Douglas Lake/Merritt

And yes, I know that isn’t the proper use of the word, but what else would you call the process of covering everything with concrete and prohibiting the land from growing things

I link this thought with the paintings of Kim Pollard and her exhibition, Landscapes of British Columbia, now showing at the Fort Gallery, because Pollard is capturing the landscape in oil on canvas the way it was until recently, in vast tracts, in the Fraser Valley.

She captures the vagaries of shifting light and atmosphere. She captures the undulating hills and the colours of the vegetation – the grasses, the fields, the coniferous firs and cedars, the marshy waterways, the raised dikes to hold the tides at bay. Yes, the tides.

The rivers and marshes are affected by the tides of the Pacific Ocean right up to Mission. Ocean liners go right up to New Westminster on the Fraser River. Waters in the sloughs, river-fed marshes and streams rise and fall daily to the pull of the moon.

Aubades, 18×24, oil on canvas, Aspen Grove, B.C.

These are lovely paintings, as you can see, capturing the moods and atmosphere of the landscape. They are painted quite directly and her colour sense is attuned to the subject matter she sees, with subtlety.

Snowline, 14×11, oil on panel

I especially liked the farmhouse painting where she captures the impressive height of our steep Coastal Mountains that encircle the valley , dwarfing the dwellings. The melting snow feels so tangible, painted in her vigorous manner, just as it is.

Omineca Vista, 18×24, oil on canvas, north of- Prince George

Lost Treasure- Stuart’s Valley 18×24, oil on panel

(This last painting is named it that after the passing of her Artist friend Stu Richardson last January)

The other thing I like about Pollard’s work is that each painting has a different composition from the next. It makes for an interesting exhibition because there is something to discover in each painting , while the style remains consistent.

These are very livable paintings. You could hang them on your wall and find something new to meditate on every day.

These can be seen at the Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Road in Fort Langley , B.C. until January 31st  and the gallery is open from noon to five, Wednesday to Sunday. Come see them. They are always better real than in photographs.

And check out her web site for a whole new set of paintings.

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5 Responses to “Kim Pollard at the Fort”

  1. kseverny Says:

    i really like these paintings.
    Beautiful scenery

  2. lesliepaints Says:

    Thank-you for sharing these, Kristin. I am totally enamored with that next to last one with the cool hills and the atmosphere of an impending storm or one just left. It is difficult to paint “the open” and make it look so full!

  3. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Kseverny, Thanks for your kind words,
    I’ll make sure that Kim gets to see these comments. She will be thrilled.

  4. forestrat Says:

    My favorite is Sagebrush and Time – not sure why. I like the colors and it seems more “present” where the others look more distant (time-wise) and misty.

    Canada has some beautiful country and some wonderful artists. I’m not sure either get the recognition they deserve.

    When I was a kid riding in the car with my father he would always point to strip malls and housing developments and tell me about how he used to hunt and fish there when he was a kid and it was nothing but fields and forests. Being young I paid no heed – now I do the same thing to my son.


  5. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Forestrat,
    It’s true about Canadian artists – Often we have to break into the American market before we can get recognition. The population is so much smaller here, and the distances much greater between, so the isolation of artists has much to do with it.
    I have the same memory of my Dad, a Civil Engineer, commenting on the poor urban planning that allowed such strip development. Just keep talking to that young lad of yours and get him converted too. We need all the help we can get to support the “respecting nature” point of view.

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