Work of the Week: "Pale Winter Sun" by Sylvia Boehrnsen

Date: Dec 20, 2019

This week’s Work of the Week is Pale Winter Sun by Sylvia Boehrnsen.

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 21 is the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, when the pale winter sun will be in the sky for only 7 hours, 27 minutes and 42 seconds. But after that, the days will start getting longer again! By the end of 2019, there will be an additional 1 minute & 5 seconds of daylight!

About the Artist: Sylvia Boehrnsen

Born in Estonia, Sylvia Boehrnsen spent several years as a refugee in Germany before immigrating to Canada in 1951. She began her formal painting studies in the extension program of the University of Alberta, continuing her education through the Coste House of the Calgary Allied Arts Centre and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, before completing her BFA at the University of Calgary (1972), where she also earned her MA in German Literature (1974).

Self-employed as a professional artist specialising in watercolours since 1976, Boehrnsen draws inspiration from the Canadian Arctic and the foothills and mountains of Alberta. Summarising her personal career and aesthetic philosophy, she writes, “Naturally, I do from time to time question the validity of what I do and for now I have come to this conclusion: despite the help or hindrance of art critics, art history, or any form of censorship, the judgment of value in all art is left to the individual artist and observer…. There are indeed no foolproof formulas or scales of measurement of artistic value, other than one’s own integrity, an open mind and heart, and truthfulness and sincerity to one’s own sensibilities.”