During the first weeks of the Covid-19 Pandemic, when school and all other activities were cancelled, I felt really lost. No schedule, nowhere to be, nowhere to take the kids; it was all very worrisome and I had a hard time processing. It was also the middle of March, which is a pretty miserable time in the Yukon. we had snow this year until the end of April. So as a way of getting through those early days, I started doing crafts with the kids, mostly to distract them and to make it feel like this was just a fun pause in our lives. I didn't want them to feel scared, like I was. In that process, I started working on some watercolours. As an artist who works in larger scale, I couldn't seem to commit to anything bigger. The result is this series on Arches watercolour paper. Some are full size at 11"x17" and some I cut in half to 6.5"x8.5" depending on how much I was able to complete in a sitting.
Yukon Road Trip - November 2019
Come along on a Yukon inspired road trip! Whitehorse artist Erin Dixon’s new body of work is called “Yukon Road Trip” and captures Erin’s many trips on various Yukon roads. This colourful collection of paintings encompasses Erin’s interpretation of the roads and highways around the Yukon that provide us a path to our destinations. Sometimes the road trip is the best part.
As a longtime Yukoner, Erin has done her share, and more, of Yukon road trips. Whether she is road-tripping with her children and husband to find new camping adventures, or heading out of the territory to visit family and friends, there is always time spent driving.
Northerners are used to the road trip and many look forward to that part of the journey the most. Stopping along the way to get road snacks, gas or to let the dogs and kids run around, Erin always finds an excuse to get out the camera and take pictures for future paintings.
From the Alaska Highway and the Haines Road, to smaller back roads that lead nowhere, Erin has captured a bit of them all. Not all the paintings have roads in them, but they are all created from images taken on a road trip at some point.
House and Home, Colouring 30 Houses - October 2018
In June of 2017 I launched a project to challenge my drawing skills and to create a collection of images that will be the inspiration for my next colouring book. 30 Houses in 30 Days was a project to capture some of the unique and eclectic houses around Whitehorse and post one house each day on my blog, Facebook and Instagram. You can read more about my project in this CBC article, Whitehorse Artist Draws Historic Houses for Colouring Book.
Yukon Government Tourism Banner - 75th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway
I was honoured to be selected as one of the artists to create a banner for the Yukon Government with the theme of the 75th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway in 2017. The banners are located all over the Yukon, including each Visitor Information Centre in every Yukon community.
I also wanted to share with you process of making this painting. See below the evolution of a painting from grey and white sketch to full colour.
"The View From Here" Solo Show 2015
A series of paintings based on photos taken around the Yukon.
"Elevation" Solo Show 2013
A series of paintings based on Yukon mountains and mountain ranges.