Painting lazy-cat mountains

Local artist Kate Hale selling work at Village Arts

Kate Hale is an artist with an altruistic streak.

The young painter is selling cards featuring the Whiteway with a portion of the profits going to support the Toby Creek Nordic Club.

Kate, 14 years old, has painted as a hobby for a number of years now. She says she likes painting because of the challenge and effort involved.

“One of the things I like is about how much it teaches me to continue working and not give up, even when it isn’t going the way I want it to,” she says.

Kate pauses when asked what her favourite work of art is she has painted, carefully deciding that it is probably one titled Winter Wonderland.

“I like that I finally figured out how to do the sky after like 17 times,” she explains.

She painted Whiteway by taking photos on the famous winter ski and skate track, then using the photos as inspiration for her painting.

“It took awhile to get pictures of everything I wanted- sometimes the mountains had good light, sometimes the snow did,” she says.

She added Fort Point in when she decided the painting looked a “little flat,” and is happy with how the whole image turned out in the end. She figures her favourite part of the painting is how the mountains look.

“I think of mountains as lazy cats – majestic, but lazy at the same time. They kind of sprawl across the landscape,” she describes.

Ten per cent of the profits from sales of the Whiteway card are going to the Toby Creek Nordic Club, which operates the Whiteway. Kate is a member of the nordic club and spends a good deal of time skiing along the winter tracks set on the lake that she captured in art.

This is not Kate’s first fundraiser card. She sold Winter Wonderland cards at a Wildsight event to raise money for that nonprofit organization before, which went over well, she recalls.

Kate is happy that many people have asked her to buy the original Whiteway painting. However, it was painted for a very special client: Kate’s grandma, who will be receiving the original.

To buy the Whiteway card, visit Village Arts or Crazy Soles. Alonside Whiteway and Winter Wonderland at Village Arts are several other Kate Hale pieces, including one of a nordic skier, another of birds on a fence, a peaceful lake scene, flowers in a rainbow array, and even one of a totem pole. For more information, email

Kate at katemorva@gmail.com.

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