‘Trees of Hope’ - a silent auction fundraiser in aid of the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver.
When I was invited to take part in the Trees of Hope fund raiser at the Fairmont this year, Liz at Mountain Galleries told me “Paint what brings you JOY!”. I immediately thought of magical Winter walks in the rainforest. Anytime of the year is magical in our BC coastal woodlands, but in early Winter a fresh dusting of frost adds quiet definition to an otherwise riotous explosion of vivid green shapes and patterns. It’s one of my favourite themes and one which evokes music and rhythm.
Years ago an ancient Cedar creaked and crashed to the forest floor, opening up a bright space in the canopy. Now sunlight breaks through, reaching tiny seedlings struggling to grow on the dark forest floor. The nurturing impact of this Cedar continues now, providing rich earth nutrients and shelter for a myriad of forest life, which extends far beyond its own long lifespan. This forest story evokes the guiding principles of the Canuck Place Children’s palliative care Program. Their specialized care and safe, supportive environment allows children and their families to build lasting memories of their time together. “Light a Life”
In my painting “Song of the Licorice Fern”, I’ve woven in several woodland elements, the sword-like forest fern, delicate moss and lichens, tiny licorice ferns growing high up on the vertical sides of Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and yellow Cedar, medicinal Devil’s Club and frozen water droplets clinging to filaments too tiny to capture with a camera.
The auction is open for bids until January 7, 2019, please consider owning a very special piece of original art and at the same time helping to support Canuck Place families and children.