Join me in supporting the conservation efforts of Pacific Wild, an important force for the protection of the Great Bear Rain Forest in Canada’s British Columbia. I’m participating in their Wild Auction 2020, in which artists interested in their cause will offer works of art to bid on Monday, November 9 through Thursday, November 12. I’ll be donating 50% of my proceeds to Pacific Wild because I’ve experienced the awesomeness of the Great Bear Rain Forest on our summer-long boat trips, visiting wild places that few people ever go, and hope these ecosystems can continue to exist in the future. It will be election time in the US, with plenty of other things to think about, but if you need a break from the news, visit the auction site at: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/wild-auction-2020-14029
Each offering will be an 11”x17” image on 13” x 19” paper, unframed, archival pigment print hand-signed, #1 in a limited edition of 25.
Life in the sea is all interconnected. A healthy population of herring is crucial to the balance of life in the seas around us. Herring are an important food source for many other species. Herring spawn by attaching their egg sacks to kelp. Commercial harvesting of herring is disrupting this natural process.
Chinook salmon returning upriver to their home to spawn. Salmon populations are being threatened by overfishing, habitat degradation and climate change and need the help of conservationists to maintain healthy populations.
A Sea Otter Success Story.
Conservation efforts have enabled the return of an abundance of sea otters to the west coast of BC, which has helped to restore the balance of intertidal life. Unchecked, the sea urchins can devastate a kelp forest, which provides crucial habitat for many other species. Sea otters feed on the urchins, often wrapping themselves or their young in fronds of kelp while they feed.
Earth Day — not quite what we had hoped it would be. Our precious planet seems to be a mess right now, but not without hope.
While right now we humans have our own problems, the health of our oceans remains key to our survival. We’re stuck inside self-isolating, but here is a reminder that there are many splendid sights to behold, once we can get back out there and see the world again.
My favorite subjects to paint are marine creatures living underwater. This crazy-looking creature is a Basket Starfish, which can be found on the ocean floor in our Pacific coastal waters. I was fascinated by its lacey branching structure and graceful movements.