West of Musqueam and South of the University

West of Musqueam and South of the University
West of Musqueam and South of the University (oil on canvas, 42" H × 378" (31.5') W, 2008)

From the The River series.

‘West of Musqueam and South of the University’ is comprised of nine 42″ x 42″ oil on canvas panels, it’s just shy of 32 feet wide. The painting was first exhibited at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and is now in the collection of the Museum of Vancouver. I painted this painting with the intention of presenting the ‘timber’ in a horizontal format, in contrast to vertical trees in a living forest. “It’s a wonder tall trees ain’t layin’ down” was a refrain I remember singing while working on these booms so many years ago. I find it interesting considering that the ancient Pacific North West Coast rain forests stood intact until the arrival of the colonial-settlers, a mere 200 years ago.

‘West of Musqueam & South of the University’ in progress, 2010
Detail view of the three centre panels.