First Sign Of Spring (2016)

The rainforests of the outer British Columbia coast are a wonderful tangle of abstract shapes created by moss-covered cedars, rotting logs and exuberant growth. The challenge is how to compose a piece that celebrates the feeling of this moody world within a rectangular canvas. I settled on a diagonal decaying log with a hint of warm light seeping through the background canopy. Set in March, the foreground centrepiece is provided by the fresh blooms of Skunk Cabbage (recently renamed Swamp Lanterns). These brilliant flowers look more likely at home in the tropics, but are always the first burst of spring growth in the dark, wet forests of the Pacific Coast. I'd been thinking of this work for years and finally just immersed myself in the joy of painting twisted cedar and dripping moss. Once the red-legged frog has finished laying its eggs it then returns to the forest for summer.

First Sign Of Spring

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