Night Ride, 2022
This painting describes “night riding”, a winter activity that extends the mountain biking season into the dark days of winter and turns the usual trails into a whole other world. This image is referenced from a night ride in the Cumberland trails on Vancouver Island.
A group of about five of us transform from regular daytime people into dark shadows on bikes with bright spotlights on our heads and handlebars and enter the woods. Wherever our lights don’t shine is a black void; wherever they do makes the forest look like a movie set. Others riding ahead look like an otherworldly sequence of lights moving through the forest in a chain, like “Starlink”, the Elon Musk satellites. Animals must think we are hunting for food.
You may read more here about how fun night riding is: Night Riding: Another Dimension to Winter
Original: 16″ x 20″, Acrylic on canvas, $975 + taxes