Coast Mountain Culture 9 – The Holy Issue
All Things Holy
I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh
To pass among them or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so
lightly round his or her neck for a moment, what is this then?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.
— Walt Whitman, I Sing the Body Electric
Artist: Kate Zessel
Whistler, British Columbia, illustrator Kate Zessel draws her inspiration from the mountains where she lives and from the elusice creatures that inhabit them. The 25-year-old Vancouver native grew up spending her weekends in Whislter, where she moved full time after graduating from the Art Institute of Vancouver’s graphic-design program. “It was when I moved up here (to Whistler) that I began to draw with this style,” says Zessel. ” When I go out for a hike or a bike ride, what I see and experience influences the way in which I illustrate these animals.”
The furry fauna in the Coast Range, such as bears, wolves and deer, are a recurring theme in Zessel’s work, as are the now -scarce bison of British Columbia. Strong vectors, hatching and polygonal patterns complement facial portraits of the creatures, depicting the wild places where Zessel gains creativity whenever she takes a break from her home studio.
Her work appears on everything from snowboards to yoga mats, and she is a regular fixture at local live paint events, cementing her signature style as a fixture of the Whistler arts scene. She continues to develop her work with commissions for custom surfboards, tattoos and even children’s books.
Check out his website here: Vince Shuley