We started a tradition at Wapiti a number of years ago. Instead of our logo and poster art on the festival shirts, why not create an opportunity for a local artist to design the shirt and pay them for their time. Every year the shirts and tanks sell out, so I believe this can be called a complete success!
This year we’ve gone to New Denver, BC artist, Roni Jurgensen.
Here is the image we’re using for Wapiti 2017. We love it and we hope you do too.
Roni’s passion for art and design started with a childhood watercolour paint set. When high school ended, she sold her cherished 72’ Triumph Daytona 500 motorcycle to buy a plane ticket. Squeezing all of her belongings into an old army duffle, she flew across the country to study at the Alberta College of Art and Design. After 4 years of hard study, she started living a double life. By day, a successful illustrator and graphic designer, by night and on weekends continuing to pursue a passion for painting.
In 2014, relocating to the Kootenays with her current motorcycle, a truckload of canvases, paints, brushes, her husband, and three rambunctious rescue dogs. Now, she spends days happily exploring winding roads, backcountry trails and lake shores for inspiration. Eyes wide in search of new ways to create images, to capture the essence of a subject, to stretch out of a comfort zone. You can check out more paintings at her website.
Here are a couple more images from Roni: