A Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies is an invitation to look at art in a new way. Hiker and art historian Lisa Christensen takes the art off the gallery wall and presents it in the context of the magnificent locations that inspired its creation. With trail descriptions and history, interwoven with journal accounts of the artists' adventures, you can discover, or re-discover, the Canadian Rockies through their eyes. From Mount Robson to Mount Assiniboine, follow the footsteps of artists such as Walter J. Phillips, Carl Runggius, Illingworth Kerr, Lawren Harris, and Catharine Robb Whyte, who hiked, were inspired by, and painted the magnificent peaks, hidden gem-coloured lakes, and tranquil alpine meadows of some of the world's most magnificent scenery.
Short-listed for the Grant MacEwan Literary Award
has worked in the art world for over thirty years, holding the positions of Associate Curator of Art at Calgary's Glenbow Museum and Curator of Art at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, in addition to doing freelance curatorial and corporate work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Art Gallery of Alberta. She has served on the Board of the Alberta Museums Association and is currently on the Art Advisory Council to Calgary's Military Museums and the Board of the Leighton Art Centre.
Lisa is a graduate of the University of Calgary and is the author of three books on Canadian art history: A Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies, A Hiker's Guide to the Rocky Mountain Art of Lawren Harris, and The Lake O?Hara Art of J.E.H. McDonald and Hiker's Guide.
This award-winning series of books takes a unique approach to art history, combining a trail-guide format with art history. A Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies won nine awards, including the inaugural W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.
Lisa is an accomplished public speaker, having lectured and presented on the subject of Canadian art at the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge, as well as the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta.