Oil Painting by Alberta Painter Kay G. Ratledge. Painting is on artists board and measures approx. 9" X 12". Signed lower left. Label on back reads title as: Mt. Rundle & Cascade" From east side of park gates. Had several labels all similar. One label dates the painting as 1966. Also says it is Original and has her initials. See Pictures. Probably the original wood frame.
Born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, her father Thomas H. Scott, was known as a frontiersman, rancher, prospector and soldier. Her mother pioneered the prairies by wagon and horses. Kay Ratledge first studied music in her home town and later received honours in 1922 by the Canadian Academy of Music and the Toronto College of Music. She continued music studies in Los Angeles (1930) and returned to Pincher Creek where she formed a band called Kay's Vagabonds which played for movies, theatricals and dances. Later she became interested in creative writing (1940) and finally painting (1950's). She studied painting at the Alberta Institute of Technology and Art (1958) and became a member of the Calgary Sketch Club (1959). She studied portrait painting under Charles MacGregor of Toronto who gave instruction to members of the Calgary Sketch Club (1963). Known for her ability to catch the feeling of Alberta's wooded foothills, rugged grandeur of its mountains and lakes she journeyed for years in her converted auto/camper to the hills on weekends to capture scenes in autumn, spring and winter. In 1970 her studio was located on 17th Avenue S.W. in Calgary. She held a number of solo shows including: Pincher Creek Fair (1965); La Flamme Galleries, Calgary (1970) and elsewhere. Represented in collections of Town Hall, Pincher Creek; Municipal District Office Board Room, Pincher Creek; private collections in eleven countries.
Globe & Mail, Tor. (CP Calgary), May 13, 1959 "Artist Uses Aluminum For Canvas"
Calgary Albertan, Alta., Oct. 31, 1970 "One-woman art exhibition in fall"
Lethbridge Herald, Alta., Nov. 18, 1970 "Artist hikes, paints grandeur" by D'Arcy Richard
Colin S. MacDonald
A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 (online only), by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker
National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada