Printed locally with love in the beautiful Comox Valley.
The West Coast Story
Cupressus Nootkatensis, common name Yellow Cedar is a common site along the North West Coast of British Columbia. It’s considered to be one of the finest timbers in the world for building and was used extensively by Indigenous peoples. In the legend, a Raven encounters three young women drying salmon on the beach. It asks the women if they are afraid of being alone, if they are afraid of bears, wolves, and other animals. Each woman responded “no”. But when asked about owls, the women were indeed afraid of owls. Hearing this, the trickster raven hid in the forests, and made the calls of an owl. The terrified women ran up the mountains, but turned into Yellow Cedar trees when they were out of breath. This is why Cedar grow on the sides of mountains, and also why the bark is silky like a woman’s hair, the young trunk is smooth like a woman’s body. I tried to emphasize these feminine qualities in this painting, as the morning sun lit up Diana Island, located in the Deer Islands, Barkley Sound.