Business Profile: Aaron Enns, a mountain guide, skier, and artist

An array of mountain-inspired art has been on display and for sale at the Golden Farmers’ Market all summer.

Behind the wonderful pieces, which have been printed on shirts, leather patches adorned to hats, on prints, and more, is Aaron Enns, artist and ski guide.

In the summer, Enns is busy at the market, and can often be seen working on new drawings as he sells his wares under the shade of a market tent. His eye-catching booth features his art, and a hearty stand of garlic, grown in his garden in town under organic and permaculture principles.

Enns took up his interest in art in the 1990s, and then he took a break in the 2000s, shifting his focus to music. For around 10 years, Enns has been seriously honing his skill, and it shows.

People can purchase articles of clothing with his art stamped on the front at the markets, but he also has cards and smaller pieces available at Jita’s Cafe and Bacchus. Larger paintings can be seen at Peaks Grill at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort plaza, and the Pleiades in Radium.

In the winter, Enns works as an independent ski guide, certified with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Out in the snow, Enns draws inspiration for his work.

“I try to keep my art mountain-centric,” he said. “It gets inspired by my winter adventures.”

Most recently, he has become very interested in block painting. He will carve out an image, and print it onto wood, paper, fabric, and leather.

Once the market season comes to a close, Enns will be working on commissions for people, and continuing his art while gearing up for the winter season. Often, he participates in specialty markets like the Fall Faire.

To get ahold of Enns, and to check out what he’s creating, visit his Instagram @aaronskienns.

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