Biking Down Memory Lane
Quote: “If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles.” Professor Carl Sagan, US scientist
Above image: Rainbow Maker, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on canvas, 2016
I honestly don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life when I didn’t ride a bike. When I was a kid, my dad was a serious road rider and a member of the CV Cycling Club. He had an indoor trainer and ordered a white Colnago from Italy which he lent to a young local rider to take to the B.C. Summer Games. I learned from him to not only view biking as cheap transportation, but as a competitive sport – something to enjoy for it’s own sake.
Starting at about age ten I would follow my biking mentor on pleasant Sunday mornings, exploring roads all over the Comox Valley. My dad taught me how to draft, keep a steady cadence, ride in traffic and he made sure my bike was set up right. Halfway through our ride we would often find a forest or stream somewhere in Merville or on a logging road to stop and have lunch. I’m so glad I have these memories with him.
Biking is the centre of many of my favourite memories including a nine day trip with my husband from Williams Lake to Bella Coola, where our biggest fear ended up being the cows that stood in the middle of the road. Actually, first dates with him were forays into the Nymph and Bevan trails which lead to us having mountainbiked together for over twenty years. Couples who ride together…
Recent bike adventures were cruising around San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge with a couple girlfriends, speeding along the one lane windy roads of Maui with a local rider and participating in the local YANA ride and Royal LePage’s Petit Fondo.
I think what I enjoy most about biking is the sense of freedom you feel. Also there is sharing experiences with others or just space to be with your thoughts. I also appreciate how you can reach special spots many miles from home simply with the power of your own silent pedal stroke.
Currently I have use for three bikes, a town bike with panniers (I use for my intermittent job with Silent Mountain Bike Courier), a mountain bike and nice light road bike. My favourite riding is the mountain biking I can do right out my door in West Courtenay, but I’ll take it all.
Now when you see bikes in my paintings you know why!
You can see my latest paintings of bicycles in my latest exhibition:
Saturday, March 4th – 12pm – 5pm – I will be the artist in attendance at the CV Collective Store +Studio (2724 Dunsmuir in “The Old Library” building, Cumberland) for a small exhibition of new original acrylic paintings.
The show will run through March. Store hours: Wed-Fri 11am-4pm and Saturday 11am-5pm