High Salal Arbutus

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36″x48″

oil on canvas.

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High Salal Arbutus

36″x48″

oil on canvas.

SOLD

ORIGINAL FOR BOOK.

The Inspiration

The rainforest of British Columbia grows right to the edge of cliff faces lining the Strait of Georgia. This is the biological ‘niche ‘ where Arbutus grow, their trunks and branches extending out from precarious perches . The vibrant red/orange of t his unique tree is in stark contrast to the green, blue and grey of the evergreen landscape, and Arbutus trees have long caught artists’ attention.

When you see these flame-like colors flashing on the edge of an otherwise dark and foreboding forest, you know you are on the West coast of Canada.

I did a showing of my Arbutus paintings and a young girl from Victoria took me aside to share a story. ” Did you know what the kids in Victoria call the Arbutus trees?” she asked.

She then informed me that “We call it the ‘knotty lady tree’ because she strips and streaks!”

Arbutus wood has a smooth surface very much like human skin as it emerges “stripped” from its bark. The tree forms can be very dramatic as they drape themselves from the front of rugged
cliff faces.

I prefer to paint Arbutus trees in the Gulf Islands either from Hornby or Cortez Island. The reasons are twofold: their trees there are very old—up to 200 years, and these two particular Islands provide dramatic landscape backdrops to the trees themselves.

 

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