Printed locally with love in the beautiful Comox Valley.
The West Coast Story
The Nuchatlitz.. known for its hidden bays teeming with wildlife, mind-blowing sunsets and sacred burial sites, is a sea kayakers dreamland. This isolated group of islands is a provincial marine park and home to one of the largest populations of sea otters on the West Coast. In the summer months hundreds of otters come together to forage in these calm waters, forming massive floating rafts. Hidden from civilization, this unique corner of the coast is only a half day paddle down winding inlets from the small forestry town of Zeballos. It is a place that is very sacred to the Nuu-chah-nulth indigenous populations whose ancestors are buried in a number of caves on outlying islands. Whales, porpoises, and sea lions play in the protected coves and channels. Vivid sunsets melt into starry nights and glowing phosphorescence covers the shores. The Nuchatlitz was one of the first places where I travelled upon returning to Canada after backpacking overseas for two years, and it has since inspired me like no other place. This painting is of one particular sunset, which lasted for well over an hour. I sat on the rocky shore of an island with a few bald eagles and watched one of the most incredible displays of colour I have ever witnessed. Beds of kelp shone black over a painted ocean that mirrored the heavens.