Vancouver-based artist Elyse Dodge reimagines local mountain ranges as otherworldly landscapes made of colorful geometric shapes. Inspired by British Columbia’s incredible beauty, Dodge reveals that her aim is to “capture the vibrant beauty of the landscapes that we call home.” Using a bold color palette, the artist’s contemporary landscape paintings explore the contrast between hard and soft by highlighting the diverse shapes found in nature. Cliffs, hills, and peaks rendered with crisp graphic lines are juxtaposed against the organic, soft textures of the trees.
Taking advantage of social media, Dodge uses Instagram to find and partner with landscape photographers. After sourcing her reference images, Dodge then uses her past experience in graphic design to create digital mock-ups. Once she’s happy with the geometric transformation, she begins to paint each candy-colored triangle onto her canvas. Dodge explains, “The polygonal shapes transform the peaks from being something that is recognizable as a mountain to a faceted, diamond-like form. These surreal scenes encourage the mind to imagine what an alternate and more vivid world could look like.”
You can see more of Dodge’s colorful mountainscapes on her website.