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Harcourt House Gallery in Edmonton has a members’ exhibit every year during The Works Art & Design Festival. I am a member of Harcourt House and I like members’ exhibits, so I try to paint something for the exhibit each year.

A tremendous thunderstorm hovered around us - Marlena Wyman (1)A tremendous thunderstorm hovered around us by Marlena Wyman, encaustic, oil stick and image transfer

The subject of this painting, as has been the subject for most of my recent artworks, is the experience of early settler women on the prairies. This piece is inspired by a quote from the diary of Jane Frances (Warne) Sutton.

A tremendous thunderstorm hovered around us from W. to N. all this evening. The lightening was terrible. 10:30 I think it has gone beyond us. The air is fearfully hot and the wind is whistling, but no rain.

Excerpt is from Jane Frances (Warne) Sutton’s diary, dated July 23, 1908 (Saskatchewan Archives Board #R-2007-09 F-398 File 3)

Jane moved to Fertile Valley, NWT (later Saskatchewan) from England in 1884 and then moved with her husband to Outlook in 1903.

Photograph is of Ann Oliver, Edmonton, NWT (later Alberta), 1895 (Provincial Archives of Alberta #B8376)

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