From photos to canvas, Canada East to West (Canada E|2|W) is an art initiative by Allison Robin Smith, a Canadian artist and illustrator. The idea for the project came from a dream of travelling across the country, painting scenes of Canadian landscape from coast to coast. When her daughter was born in 2014, Smith dismissed the idea as unfeasible. Still, the dream remained with her, until she decided to approach it differently. Instead of painting her own journey across Canada, she would like to see Canada through another perspective, through the stories, experiences and photographs of other travellers. With the timing of CANADA 150, Smith knew she had an opportunity reframe her dream into a new lens and to do something great in 2017!

For the project, Smith has made a formal call out to photographers, both amateur and professional from across the county to share their most cherished photographs of Canadian landscape. Through social media, and word of mouth, Smith received over 300 photos from across the country. She then selected 3 images from each province and put them up for vote online.  The voting process engaged over 2000 participants, all eager to help select the photographs that they felt best represent our Canadian landscape.

On Canada Day, July 1st, 2017, Smith revealed the 13 photos that received the most votes and over the course of the next two months she set out to paint the 13 photos while documenting, and blogging the process to share her artistic experience as it unfolds.

Smith will be donating 50% of the proceeds of the original artworks to charity. 25% of which will be going directly to a local art school to establish a bursary program to help less fortunate youth study art. The remaining 25% will be given to each selected photographer’s charity of choice, which will allow for the funds to be distributed to various causes across the country. Smith anticipates she could raise between $5,000 to $8,000 the sale of her original art in total. More info on the charities can be found by visiting

Art prints and postcards of the entire series of 13 paintings will be available for purchase, both online and at the exhibit(s).


  • The mission of Canada E|2|W is to celebrate Canada and connect Canadians through visual art.

  • To celebrate our landscape, identity, diversity and indigenous people.

  • To inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of our country, its land, environment and people.

  • To engage in conversation, share our stories and perspectives.

Slideshow Gallery of the 13 selected photos:



The opening exhibition has been scheduled to launch at Gallery 2 Barn Owls in Hudson, Qc.  422 Main Road, Hudson, Qc, J0P1H0

The 13 paintings will be exhibited in tandem with the original photo, and the story of the location, submitted by the photographer. Full credit and a short bio on the photographer will be included next to each piece.


Visit @canadae2w on Facebook for more details on the event.


There are a number of ways to participate.

  1. INSTAGRAM- Follow @canadae2w on Instagram. You may submit your photo and instantly engage with the hashtag #canadae2w.  Help gain awareness by sharing your post. 
  2. READ THE BLOG - Please follow my blog and keep up to date in the progress of The Canada East to West Initiative. I will be writing about this adventure, sharing photos, videos, articles and updates.
  3. FACEBOOK - I invite you join a Facebook page devoted to the initiative @canadae2w and invite your friends to participate by sharing it. 

Allison Robin Smith in her home studio, Saint Lazare, Qc.


SUBJECT: Only landscape photos of Canada will be considered for the Canada E|2|W initiative.

COPYRIGHT REGULATION: By submitting your photo you are acknowledging that it is indeed your original work. You are authorizing Canada E|2|W to share it (to your credit) on Social Media and in any promotional material for the Canada E|2|W project.

INFORMATION REQUIRED WITH ENTRY: With your photo submission please be sure to clearly indicate your name and city of residence, along with the location of where the photo was taken. 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Photo entries will be considered until midnight, June 17th, 2017. From which point the top three photos representing each province/territory (determined at the artist Allison Robin Smith's discretion) will go to a vote for a duration of two weeks. On July 1st, 2017, the winning photographs will be announced.

VOTING: The contending photographs (3 options for each of the 13 provinces and territories) will be posted on the Canada E|2|W Facebook page and through an online voting system. Photographers will have the opportunity to promote their work and the Canada E2W project, by sharing within their communities through social media. The photo with the most votes from each provincial/territorial category will be selected to be used as a reference for a large scale painting by Allison Robin Smith. 13 paintings in total will be created; one from each province and territory, to represent Canada, full circle.

SELECTED PHOTOGRAPH AWARDS: Each photographer that has had their entry selected as a reference for a painting will be featured on the Canada E|2|W website, Facebook page and Instagram account. The photographers will receive a free high quality giclee art print of the painting derived from their photo. Their original photo will be exhibited along side the painting in the gallery(ies), along with a personal bio and short story. 

ALLOCATION OF PROCEEDS: Allison Robin Studios/Canada E|2|W will be donating 50% of the proceeds of the paintings to a local charity (TBD), but will allow 25% of said proceeds to be donated to an (approved) charity of the photographers choice. This will allow a portion of the proceeds to be distributed across the country.

RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND PROJECT: If for any reason the project is not capable of running as planned, due to illness, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Allison Robin Studios/Canada E|2|W, that corrupt or affect the security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this project, Allison Robin Studios/Canada E|2|W reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Project.