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W J Bradley

oil, board
12 x 16 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

oil, board
14 x 18 in.  
$ 1485 CDN

oil, board
12 x 16 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

oil, board
36 x 48 in.  
$ 6925 CDN

oil, board
16 x 12 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

oil, board
12 x 16 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

oil, board
12 x 16 in.  
$ 1285 CDN

oil, canvas
16 x 20 in.  
$ 1625 CDN

W J Bradley

A vivid depiction of place, connection and story is represented in W J Bradley's images. In the spontaneity of painting 'en plein air' or in the precision of developing studio work with layers of transparent glazes, these seasonally themed works are resonating with a passion for capturing the moment. Being intrinsically merged with the landscape, they offer a sincere affection and understanding for the environment radiating from every brushstroke. At home in the Canadian Rockies, W J Bradley was born and raised in Banff and continues to build on her family's legacy of appreciation for pristine wilderness, natural environs and mountain culture. This inspiration and wonder is expressed in a language of images to convey the awe; the joy in each changing season.

I continue to be as enamoured with the majestic beauty of the Rockies as my family has been for three generations! Woven into the fabric of my life are recollections of inspiring people and their stories – heroes and heroines usually involving horseback riding, skiing, hiking and Banff Indian Days. My strong sense of history and belonging was nurtured by my grandfather, Chuck Millar, who was a trail guide and packer. And my appreciation for mountain landscape expresses itself in every aspect of my life.

My passion is painting en plein air in watercolours and oils. This passion has taken me to glaciers, lakes, mountain hillsides, forests and meadows here in the Bow Valley and beyond to oceans and old growth forests. Some of my favorite backcountry studios are at Lake O’Hara, Mt. Assiniboine, Bow Lake, the Queen Charlottes, Northern BC and the Yukon. I have hiked, climbed, snow-shoed and arrived by helicopter to find a place to stand or sit with my pochade and paints. I paint regardless of the weather, in daylight or moonlight hours and in temperatures to –16 degrees.

I have travelled extensively enjoying painting explorations in France, Spain, Scotland and Ireland. My exploration continues in the studio where I paint larger canvasses of the en plein air sketches.
“My joy is in the attempt to capture what all of my senses are taking in – light, mood and story. En plein air painting manifests what I am sensing into that captivation.”

As alumni of the Atlin Art Centre, since 1996 I have exhibited in both group and solo shows. As an Artist-in-Residence, I have participated in programs at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge at Bow Lake, Alberta and at the Haig Glacier, Kananaskis, Alberta for the Canadian Olympic Development Association (CODA). My works can be found in collections around the world including Canada, Iceland, Germany, France, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

W J Bradley

Rotary Club of Banff
Alpine Club of Canada

2007   ‘Guest Artist’, Canada Day, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2006   ‘Artist-In-House’, The Juniper, Banff, AB
2005   ‘Guest Artist’, Canada Day, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2005   ‘Best Heritage Related Experience’, Banff Heritage Tourism Award, Banff, AB, watercolour paintings for Museo Packs, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
2003   ‘Artist-In-Retreat’, Atlin Art Centre, Atlin, BC
2002-Present   ‘Artist-In-Residence’, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Bow Lake, AB
2002-Present   ‘Guest Artist’, Culture Walk/Plein Air Painting, Whyte Museum of the Canadian
Rockies, Banff, AB
2002   ‘Artist-In-Residence’, CODA (Calgary Olympic Development Association), Haig Glacier, Kananaskis Country, AB
1997-1998   ‘Guest Artist’, (PAPA) Plein Air Painters of Alberta

Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Bow Lake, AB
CODA (Calgary Olympic Development Association), Bill Warren Training Centre, Canmore, AB
CBC/Radio-Canada, Executive Office, Canada
CTV, Executive Office, Canada
A&E Network, USA
Global Television, Executive Office, Canada
NHK (Japan Public Broadcasting), Executive Office, Japan
RTE, Executive Office, Ireland
BBC, Executive Office, United Kingdom
SATEL, Executive Office, Austria
ABC, Executive Office, Australia
MDA, Executive Office, Singapore
Discovery Networks, Executive Office, USA


2001   Mountain Homes for Humanity, Canmore, AB
1996   Grace Community Alliance Church, Calgary, AB
1995   Red Deer Christian School, Red Deer, AB
1994-96   Southview Alliance Church, Calgary, AB

Solo Shows:
2014   W J Bradley: Seasons, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2013   W J Bradley: Journeys, The Heron, Victoria, BC  
2012   Artistic Journeys with W J Bradley, Bison Courtyard, Banff, AB                                  
2011   W J Bradley: A Sense of Place, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2009   Light Up the Night, Neumann Gallery, Okotoks, AB
2007   Artistic Journeys with W J Bradley, Harmony Lane, Banff, AB
2003   Artistic Journeys, Banff Television Festival, Canmore, AB
1996   Summer Gardens, Pinky’s, Calgary, AB

Group Shows:    

2016   JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008   Group Show – August 2008, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2007   Diversity & Women, Banff Public Library, Banff, AB, in honour of International Women’s Day
2006   Homegrown, Town of Banff, Banff, AB
2005   The Art of History, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Art Show, Bow Lake, AB, in honour of Alberta’s Centennial
2003   Source, Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Art Show, Bow Lake, AB, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Fresh Water
2002   Local Colour, Wild Elements Gallery, Banff, AB, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Mountains        
1999-2001   From the Heart’, Canmore Hospital Art Shows, Canmore, AB    
1999-2001   CAAG (Canmore Artists & Artisans Guild), Various Shows, Canmore, AB            
1998-1999   Twin Peaks, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
1996   Ginger Tea Room, Okotoks, AB

2011   “Bow Lake, Images in Art’, by Jane Lytton Gooch, reproduction of ‘Blue Notes’ 16 x 20 oil plein air painting
2007   ‘Mount Assiniboine, Images in Art’, by Jane Lytton Gooch, reproduction of ‘Early Morning at Mount Assiniboine’ 11 x 14 watercolour
2003-2007   ‘The Local Lowdown’, Cover, YWCA of Banff, Banff, AB, reproduction of ‘Banff Avenue’ 30 x 40 oil painting
2006   ‘Artistic Odyssey’, Experience Life Magazine, Published by Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA, reproduction of photos & article
2006   ‘The Calendar of Events’, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB, featured Plein Air artist
1999   ‘Painting Peaks’, The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Canmore, AB, article
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