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Dreamy Landscape Paintings Evoke the Mystical Wonder of Mountainous British Columbia

Realist Landscape Paintings by Sarah McKendry

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Mom by day and artist by night, Canadian realist painter Sarah McKendry first picked up a paintbrush in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. The talented self-taught artist creates beautiful landscape paintings that capture the dark, misty forests and majestic mountain scenes of British Columbia.

Scrolling through McKendry's online portfolio, it's hard to believe that each piece is rendered in oil paint. The works look just like a photograph and are full of soft, realistic details. Each canvas entices the viewer to have a closer look and appreciate the still tranquility of the scene, almost like being in nature itself. This is by design. “My landscapes are extensions of distant memories,” McKendry explains, “and I try to paint them so that one can almost feel the fresh air as it drifts off of the piece.”

In the time since McKendry began painting, she has now turned her passion into a career. “It is such an incredible feeling being able to paint as a full-time profession,” she says, “and having it weave itself so effortlessly into the fabric of raising our two young boys is something that I am beyond grateful for.”

If you want to learn to paint like McKendry, you can sign up for her Skillshare classes where she’ll guide you through the fundamentals of the oil medium. “I am so incredibly excited to be sharing every single ounce of wisdom that I have learned over the past eleven years of my creative journey with each and every one of you,” the artist explains. “This medium is pure magic, and I can’t wait for you to fall in love with it the same way that I have!”

Check out some of McKendry’s stunning landscape paintings below, and find more from her ever-growing portfolio on her website and Instagram.

Artist Sarah McKendry creates realistic landscape paintings that capture the dark misty forests and majestic mountain scenes of British Columbia.

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Each tranquil scene looks just like a photograph.

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Watch the talented artist at work.

Sarah McKendry: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Sarah McKendry.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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