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Great Blue Heron
Kayaking about on a nearby lake affords me many opportunities to visit these magnificent birds.
Print is 18X36X1.75"
In the last minutes of the day the interior of the forest is bathed in warm summer light. Magical! One must be careful to not be seduced to stay past the dusk. night falls fast and hard out here. I have been in situations where I considered staying put through the night rather than risk a fall in the darkness. This is a lovely trail on one of our gulf islands.
The estuary lies between the cascading rivers and the immense ocean. It is here in the interface where I can kayak amongst feeding seals and sea lions and multitudes of sea birds. This scene captures the repose at slack tide. The water lies quiet and warms over the sun soaked sand. Peace before frenzy.
Dignity in Decay
The warmth and richness of this stream bed inspire awe. Everywhere in this forest are scenes of nature nurturing itself through the life cycle.
Standing on the edge of the world.
I love standing on the escarpment where the Pacific crashes into our island. I compose the impressions of the sea in my mind. With images imprinted on my mind I return to the studio and pick up my brushes. The original is a diptych and the prints are melded into one piece.
I love the sublime curves of the Calla lily. Juxtaposed against this heavy impasto background the delicate are amplified.
Print is 20X30X1.75"
This seascape was composed during our summer camping on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is such a wild place, bursting with life. The original is a diptych and the prints on canvas are melded into one piece.
Print is 20X32X1.75"
Arbutus Dance was inspired by a synergy between "place" and "form". Bill Hibberd searches out those magical "thin places" in nature where the physical and divine rub together. This grove of arbutus trees habitate one of those places. Their human-like limbs and colouring imply community and interaction. Very charming as well as eminently paintable.
We get little snow in our temperate climate. When it lays for a while it is a beautiful counterpoint to the warm colours of the Arbutus trees that populate our coastline.
Print is 20X30X1.75"
A solitary raven sifts through the giant spruce and cedar. He watches us travel below. Will we respect or destroy the watchmans home?