Arctic Quest
In 2006, twenty-five artists marked the 100th anniversary of Amundsen’s 1906 navigation through the Northwest passage with a journey of their own.
Painting shown is part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum's permanent collection.
Ana Maria Jurpik
Painting by Ana Maria JurpikArtist's statement

When no word was heard from Franklin's 1845 expedition, a search party was sent out to find him in 1849, with no luck. Franklin's old friend, at 72 years of age, Sir John Ross joined the second group of searchers in 1850. He brought along his 12 ton yacht Mary. This group of searchers, which included about 8 ships, discovered the remains of the Franklin encampment on Beechey Island. Before Ross left to return to England he hauled the Mary up on shore so that, if Franklin came back there he would have a small ship with which to set out and would likely be picked up by whalers. In 1926 the Mary was still recognizable, in the 1980's the mast was still standing. It lies here in 2006, as depicted in the painting.

Mary's Mast, Beechey Island
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas


Ana Maria JurpikAna Maria Jurpik is a fine artist and works freelance as a graphic illustrator and web designer. She is the web designer for this Arctic Quest site.

Ana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was raised in the Seattle area of Washington, in the United States. Later, she moved and settled in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. Ana's studio is now located in the city of Markham.

Throughout her life, Ana searched out various ways of expression, enrolling in classes ranging from still life to life drawing, and experimenting with the use of mediums from charcoal to sculpture to music. In 1999 she released her original music CD called Exhale, collaborating with producer and musician, Steve Sherman.

Teaching and Presentations
Conducted acrylic painting and drawing workshops for children, adult and senior’s groups.

Private Collections in the U.S. and Canada
Permanent Collection in the city of Spoleto, Italy
Permanent Collection in the Vancouver Maritime Museum, B.C.

Corporate Collections
Elmer’s Products, Inc.
Steam Whistle Brewing

Represented by
The Z. Art Gallery in Markham, Ontario

Ana has exhibited in a number of group shows in the greater Toronto area.

Tel: 905-642-3185

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