Dog Sledding in the Frozen North
5″x7″ Dog Sledding card
Acrylic Painting by Shannon Brown, Edmonton, AB
On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way
over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! Through the parka’s fold
it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze
till sometimes we couldn’t see;
It wasn’t much fun,
but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.
– Excerpt from the poem
“The Cremation of Sam McGee”
by Robert Service,
Story on the back:
“I love, love, LOVE the north!” Shannon spent her childhood in High Level, northern Alberta, and moved to Peace River at age 13. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. For two summers, Shannon served on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway that explores historic Klondike Gold Rush sites like the old tent town at the end of the Chilkoot Trail, as well as Whitehorse, Yukon and Alaska.
Shannon is intrigued with the colours in snow and ice and started by painting a neon pink base on the canvas. Shortly after completing the painting, she headed off on a backpacking adventure in Iceland.
You can find Shannon on Instagram @shinebrown.