A Land Beyond (Haida Gwaii)

Nothing exemplifies the richness of nature quite as impressively as Gwaii Haanas, the southern portion of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in the Pacific Northwest.

Situated between mountain peaks and ocean depths, unique pieces of driftwood hug the shoreline while bountiful flora and fauna, inadvertently left behind by the early morning tide, play a survival game while awaiting the next rush of the Pacific for a return to their marine forest. Here lies a land where ancient totems attempt to stand sentinel over coves and inlets, protecting villages that have long since returned to nature.

Just beyond Canada’s British Columbia mainland, Gwaii Haanas is a National Park Reserve, a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and a Haida Heritage Site – the first protected area in the world to be managed from mountaintop to sea bottom.

My artwork is intended to portray a creative version of three elements that help to define Gwaii Haanas – driftwood, tide pools, and totem poles. Each piece of artwork is an original one-of-a-kind and presents my unique style of fusing photography with acrylic paint on archival fine art paper or canvas.

TIDE POOLS

Each piece of artwork in this collection is: one-of-a-kind toned black and white photography, hand-painted with acrylic on 13” x 19” archival fine-art paper.

 

 

 

DRIFTWOOD

Each piece of artwork in this collection is: one-of-a-kind toned black and white photography, hand-painted with acrylic on 10” x 15” canvas.