River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson


Maples grow along the walking trails in Riding Mountain National Park, a favorite place of ours to wander with our cameras and our dog. Maples are one of my favorite trees, especially the broadleaf variety so familiar to me growing up in Quebec. The maple leaf symbolizes the sweetness and wonder of love in every day life, storks are known to line their nests with maple leaves, pioneering settlers took note and used to scatter maple leaves by their beds to encourage loving and fruitful relations as well as peaceful sleep.

My Zenworks express my love of pen and ink and a desire to meld symbolism with abstract imagery created through spontaneous strokes and repetitive patterns. Zenworks emerge via a tranquil, meditative process that frees me to explore and experiment with line, shape and colour.

Original Pen and Ink, 8" x 10" on acid free paper matted to fit an 11"x14" frame.