Rowan Huntley lives in Wales, but she likes to paint at the ends of the world.

The British artist has gone on expeditions to Antarctica, the Alps, Greenland, and the Arctic Circle to paint glaciers and snow-covered mountains. Huntley paints in what could easily be called a hostile work environment, but she doesn’t mind.

Huntley painting in Antarctica

“For me, painting in extreme conditions can only be described as massively challenging, but the adrenaline of the experience and the exhilaration of succeeding in committing something of that moment to canvas, regardless of geographical position, weather, or temperature, is a very special feeling indeed,” Huntley says.

“South Georgia Peaks,” by Rowan Huntley, 2011, acrylic, 24 x 18 in.

The fruits of her labor will be on display from November 12 to January 10, 2014, at the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, England. (The home of the Kendal Mint Cake, a peppermint patty that Sir Edmund Hillary and his crew ate on his Mt. Everest expedition in 1953.) Her show is titled “Alpine and Polar: Mountain and Ice.”

“Sunshine After the Storm — Eqip Sermia Glacier, West Greenland,” by Rowan Huntley, 2010, acrylic, 20 x 40 in.

Huntley is a member of London’s Alpine Club, arguably the world’s first mountaineering club, and her artwork has been featured in the club’s “Alpine Journal.” That is a line not often seen on an artist’s C.V.


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