Meet The Team
Canadian Art has been a passion since childhood. Wendy was influenced by frequent visits to the McMichael collection, home of Tom Thompson, The Group of Seven and Emily Carr.
Further early influences included painters David Milne, Andre Masson, Georgia O'Keefe, Tom Thompson, Doris McCarthy and Joni Mitchel. The poetry of Leonard Cohen and the novels by Robertson Davis enhanced an awareness and devotion to the Canadian creative community.
Wendy is the founder of Mountain Galleries.
Karly MacDonald Ireland
Karly, an illustrative artist from the charming fishing village of Fox Point, Nova Scotia, discovered her passion for the arts at a young age. She spent her early years painting vivid coastal sunsets and sketching the intriguing wildlife near her home. This love for art led her to study animation and graphic design.
After completing her studies, Karly joined the media production company 9 Story Entertainment, where she created character designs and background paintings for various animated films. Some of her notable works include Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Fugget About It, Pirates, and the Wild Kratts series.In 2009, Karly's artistic journey took her to the Canadian Rockies when Mountain Galleries founder Wendy Wacko hired her as a gallery attendant for the summer. Karly quickly became a valuable team member, returning for multiple seasons as an art consultant and artist in residence.
Currently, Karly is working on an animated Jasper series featuring local landscapes in a digital medium, while also contributing to the Season 7 of Wild Kratts series for WK7 Productions. Additionally, she shares her love for art by teaching paint night classes in Jasper, fostering a sense of community through creative expression.
With a BFA from the University of Windsor and a Graphic Design certificate from George Brown College, Beth moved from Ontario to the small community of Jasper, AB in 2018. She joined the Mountain Galleries team in 2021 as an Art Consultant and works with local businesses on graphic design, public relations and social media marketing.
In her spare time, Beth coaches volleyball at the local high school, volunteers on a number of local non-profits and is a proud dog mom.
Senior Art Consultant, Artist in Residence
Sharon Smith graduated with distinction from San Francisco's Academy of Art College in 1988. Upon graduation, she was honoured to show in the annual New York Society of Illustrators Show. Returning to her home in Vancouver, Sharon promptly attained representation in communication arts, working for ten years in the industry. She has carried on her passion for painting while raising her family in Whistler, participating in numerous group shows and workshops during this time.
A treasured addition to the Whistler Mountain Galleries' team since July 2010, Sharon's extensive art and illustration background bring valued expertise to our discerning clientele.
Jacqueline de Grave
Art Consultant, Artist in Residence
Jacqueline joined the Mountain Galleries Jasper team in 2019 from Toronto, Ontario after receiving her BA Honours Degree in History and minoring in Museum and Gallery Curation. When in Toronto, Jacqueline devoted her time to working and volunteering within art organizations including volunteering at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum and on Canadian Film sets.
An avid hiker, Jacqueline continues to enjoy her time out West; tackling new trails and taking in the beauty the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
Jacqueline’s affinity for the arts is best represented by the following;
“For the arts epitomize, intensify and clarify the experience of beauty for us as nothing else can.” - Lawren Harris, Group of Seven
Art Consultant, Artist in Residence
After her completion of a public mural in Jasper caught the attention of founder Wendy Wacko in 2020, Pascale was invited into Mountain Galleries as their youngest represented artist. Being raised in Jasper National Park greatly influenced her art and passion for the mountains. This led her to pursue a fine arts education at the University of Alberta. In the spring of 2022, she completed her BFA in Art and Design.
She now continues to paint in Jasper and work for Mountain Galleries as an art consultant. In her spare time, she likes to do various outdoor sports and play piano.
Dominique was born and raised in Banff, and she has a deep appreciation and passion for this vibrant town. The Banff community and the mountains bring immense joy to her life. Dominique loves the various ways artists express nature through their works and finds it captivating to be in the gallery, witnessing how these creations impact those who come to experience them.Working part-time at the gallery, while being a full-time parent and volunteer, Dominique keeps herself busy.
On her days off, she can be found atop Tunnel, at the ski hill, on the river, or simply going for a walk with Daisy the dog.
Dominique received a BA in English Literature and History from Bishop's University, a BHSc in Addictions Counseling at the University of Lethbridge, and studied Education at the University of Calgary.
Alexander Jones is an Australian-born landscape photographer who is currently based in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. His photography showcases the beauty of the region he calls home, having fallen in love with it upon his first sighting in February 2013, from a Greyhound motor coach in Banff National Park. Considering the Canadian Rockies to be as far away from his birthplace as possible, Jones finds great joy in capturing the breathtaking landscapes, crystal blue lakes, and striking glaciers.
Jones' passion for the natural world extends to capturing images of man-made structures like freight locomotives in these settings, adding an intriguing contrast to his work. Though his initial background was in video editing, Jones found the prospect of exploring the world through landscape photography irresistible, and this field has since become his perfect fit. His work frequently exhibits this unique blend of nature and machinery.
Khalil has always had an interest in taking pictures as a child, with cameras being integrated into smartphones more and more. But he didn't fully pursue photography until 2017 when he bought his first DSLR camera. He had no idea what settings to use or how to edit the photos. Eventually, he started getting the hang of it, and over time going out to take pictures became his favourite thing to do with any spare time that he had.
Now, photography has taken Khalil all across the country to this lovely town in the mountains. He's excited for the future and to turn his hobby into a profession.
Originally from Montreal, Jane studied Studio Arts in CEGEP and continued taking art history courses throughout her Bachelor's degree at McGill University. Since graduating, she's spent time painting at the Montreal Art Centre and travelling, by doing painting workaways.
Naturally drawn to art, Jane has joined our team eager to be more involved in the art world and learn from those in it.
"Art and communication are meaningful to me for similar reasons, they allow us to understand and connect with one another more deeply.”
From a young age, Rae's love for art blossomed in her craft corner, nestled near a lake in Apsley, Ontario. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Design at York University and Sheridan College in Toronto. Driven by her love for the mountains, Rae ventured west to explore, create, and refine her artistic medium.
Keen to engage with the Whistler arts community, Rae joined Mountain Galleries/WCG. Her enthusiasm for authentic relationships with both artists and clients fuels her passion for the arts, and she thrives on the joy that art brings her. Of course, a little coffee sweetened with maple syrup helps keep her going as well.
Jennifer grew up in Boiestown, New Brunswick. Since 2015, she has been involved in the arts community of the Bow Valley on the board of directors, and instructing at artsPlace while maintaining her own art practice. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts.
“I love everything about art: making it, looking at it, and talking about it. I am looking forward to being in a space where I can witness a client's eyes light up when they have a connection with a piece of art. It’s pretty magical.”
Darren grew up in rural Alberta. He got a diploma in Computer Systems Technology from NAIT and worked a couple years as a systems administrator at Computronix in Edmonton. He also spent several years doing steel stud framing, drywalling, and dropped ceilings for OCC Solutions. He now leverages both those skills packing art for Mountain Galleries.
Darren enjoys playing computer games with his friends and reading. He lives with his wife, three kids, and their pet python in Jasper AB.