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When I Close My EyesWhen I Close My Eyes

Hiking Johnston Canyon is one of artist Sheila Kernan’s earliest childhood memories of Banff National Park. So, when time came to submit a piece in response to a nation-wide call for artwork by the Banff Community Art Committee, the Calgary-based artist naturally chose her 2012 painting of Johnston Canyon.  

"Revisiting these waterfalls and attempting to capture their beauty is pure delight for me; when I close my eyes, I remember," said Kernan when talking about the painting process and meaning of the artwork.  

When I Close My Eyes, the title of the oil on canvas, was selected by a jury for the first of two large-scale mural installations in 2013. The artwork was reproduced to 24 x 30 feet and installed on what is otherwise a blank concrete wall facing a parking lot in downtown Banff. 

The official unveiling of When I Close My Eyes was held Saturday, January 26.

Planning & Development - Public Art