Printed locally with love in the beautiful Comox Valley.
The West Coast Story
West Coast Winter... A time when the elements reclaim the land and the locals come out to play. Days turn from blues to greys as rain sets in for weeks. I once asked my friend in Ucluelet how many days it had been raining and she told me three months. Frozen wetsuits in the morning, howling icy winds, numb bodies, it’s all a small price to pay for the energy and beauty that this season brings. Icy snowy peaks dot the jagged coastline and the flow of tourists dries up for another year. The coast comes alive and local people connect out of survival and love. Days get darker, nights get longer and some don’t make it, dreams of warmer waves drag them away. But for those who stay, a family is born, and the ocean delivers. This painting is of a cold January day at Long Beach, near Incinerator rock. The storm had just passed and the swell was one of the best I’d seen that year. Beaches steamed as the sun warmed the hard sand and waves finished their long journeys. I really wanted to show the common bond that people share in the places they love. I named it “Secret Spot” as a joke because almost everyone who has been to this part of the West Coast can pick this spot out.