Monday, December 10, 2012

Art for an Oil Free Coast

Pomegranate and Cranberries

I love the form and colour of pomegranates. They are a bit like pears, in that you really want to paint their shape and colour nuances. I teamed this one up with some glossy little cranberries, and of course my favourite antique wooden box. 

This past week in Victoria BC, we were privileged to have the "Art for an Oil Free Coast" exhibit, showing at the Victoria Conference Center. Over fifty British Columbia artists including Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Roy Henry Vickers, Mike Svob, Janice Robertson and many more, "have created paintings, prints, carvings and sculptures reflecting their experience of this vast wilderness and the beauty of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. These artists hope to bring attention to the magnificence and ecological diversity of this coast."  It was so incredible to see beautiful and powerful works by all of these artists in one exhibit. Above is the cover of the book that has been published to compliment the exhibit. It is available through The artworks are blended with poetry and essays to portray the splendor of the region.

If it is built, the Enbridge pipeline will cross pristine British Columbia from the Alberta tar sands, to Kitimat on the west coast, crossing over 700 fresh waterways, (sources of fresh drinking water, spawning grounds for our salmon, and sacred First Nations Lands) arriving on our coast where huge quantities of bitumen will be held in giant tanks on the waters edge. Then supertankers would load up and have to navigate through narrow and dangerous channels, bound for China.  Our entire coast is on the San Andreas Fault Line. Recently there was a 7.8 earthquake in Haida Gwaii just 150 km east of Kitimat. 

The 'Art for an Oil Free Coast' project is organized by the "Raincoast Conservation Foundation, comprised of a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by their research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of Canada's Raincoast. They regard coastal British Columbia's majestic diversity of plants and animals as assets to nurture rather than resources to exploit." I wholeheartedly agree.
(excerpts from "Art for an Oil Free Coast CANADA'S RAINCOAST AT RISK)



  1. It sounds like it was an incredible event with all of those artists, Claire.!! The cover alone is so impressive! Your painting is truly beautiful. A wonderful still life. I never tried pomegranates but I heard its very good.

  2. Hello Claire,
    beautiful red pomegranates and beautiful!
    I take this opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas

  3. Hi Claire!

    I wholeheartedly agree as well!! In the northern oart of Norway, we have the same discussion about oil and nature diversity in a coast area called Lofoten and VesterĂ¥len. The sea here is very important for the fish breeding, yet, the oil companies is pushing very hard to start searching for oil here. The government has not yet approved this. I love the nature here, it inspires my work, and I will not be welcoming the oil companies herr!!

    Well, your post inspired me!:-) I hope you win this fight. The coast and nature is a value to protect very strongly!!

    Best wishes,