Samantha Walrod’s new series “The Still Season” is a reflection on the beauty and the impermanence of life. The subjects in Walrod’s paintings are still, and yet they look as if they are ready to move out of view or change in some way: bears and wolves are on the hunt, rabbits are ready to run and flowers are ready to wilt. The fleeting nature of these encounters between predator and prey or between spectator and subject are on display as a meditation on the wonderful, temporary and vulnerable quality of life.
After spending reflective time in provincial parks around Alberta and British Columbia, Walrod returns to the studio to reconstruct wilderness scenes through drawing, painting and collage mediums. In reconstructing disparate images from various sources including art history, popular culture and her own photos, she addresses the cultural construction of nature.
Samantha Walrod received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta in 2013. Her paintings can be found in various private collections across Canada.