Jessie Lozanski’s oil paintings capture the rough-edged beauty of the PCT

Canadian Jessie Lozanski thru-hiked the PCT in 2019, and interpreted some of her favorite scenes in these oil paintings. Seeing the trail in a different medium than photography conveys a vivid, textural sense that can remind us of the sharp edges, the light, and the heat of the trail. Jessie, now in Canada, thru-hiked with her boyfriend from New Hampshire, and has been separated from her American friends and family by the pandemic. We wish her well—and everyone who feels farther away from friends and family during these challenging times. Be sure to click each image to view a larger version. The image captions are by the artist.

“Dead on Earth” – My trail family hiking through the volcanic wastelands of Oregon on the PCT.

“Cajon Pass” – Watching the trains go by with bellies full of McDonald’s on the PCT.

“Wind Farm” – My boyfriend is pictured here but what couldn’t be captured by the painting was how tired he was after 3 hours of sleep and how hot it was already at 6am…

“Descent” – My trail family coming down Mt. Thielsen on the PCT this past summer.

“Sister” – Coming upon our first Sister in the Three Sisters Wilderness of Oregon—finally out of the trees and into the big wide scrub lands and lava rock.

Author: Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson is the PCTA’s Content Development Director. A former professional musician, Scott has 20+ years of experience in almost every marketing role. Before joining the PCTA he was a marketing/creative director at West Virginia University and the University of Oregon. A serious outdoor addict, Scott is an experienced whitewater paddler, hang glider pilot, flyfisher, mountain biker, and (of course) hiker and backpacker.