Patagonia is definitely a place for inspiration. Unlike other getaways, it is easy – so easy! – to be alone facing the immensity of giant landscapes. And, as locals say, everything in Patagonia is slow, so slow that if you go at nature’s pace, you’ll probably find the time to create a bunch of masterpieces to impress your friends when you go back home.
But when most people traveling to Patagonia practice the art of photography, few people take their time to paint the unique landscapes of the world’s end. Among them, Taiwanese artist Wen Chien Hou chose EcoCamp Patagonia as the base of once-in-a-lifetime hikes (Wildlife Safari). No camera in his hands (he left the responsibility of taking pictures to his daughters) but brush and paint always within reach, Wen completed more than 40 plein air paintings in only a week traveling across Chile and Argentine Patagonia. Here is a selection of his most inspiring artwork. Why 15? Because EcoCamp Patagonia is 15 years old – and these paintings could not be a better gift.
1. A dome in the wild (EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine N.P, Chile)
2. A view of the paradize (EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile)
3. Blueness (Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine, Chile)
4. Peace at the world’s end (Puerto Natales, Chile)
5. Perito Moreno (Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina)
6. Moonshine (Cerro Paine, Torres del Paine, Chile)
7. Immensity (Torres del Paine mountain range, Chile)
8. Guanaco (Torres del Paine, Chile)
9. As the water flows (Salto Grande Waterfalls, Chile)
10. The horns (Los Cuernos, Torres del Paine, Chile)
11. Sunrise in Heaven (EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile)
12. The blue massive (Torres del Paine, Chile)
13. To French Valley (Los Cuernos, Torres del Paine, Chile)
14. From the ice fields to the sea (Cascada Paine, Torres del Paine, Chile)
15. Laguna Azul | Rock Painting (Laguna Azul, Torres del Paine, Chile)
Want to see these landscapes by yourself (and paint them)? Go on a Patagonian Wildlife Safari!