Earth & Spirit Collaborate with Raincoast Artists
In the summer of 2013 acclaimed wildlife painter Mark Hobson partnered with Raincoast Foundation and gathered talented BC artists to a paint-in of the Great Bear Raincoast, a breathtakingly beautiful wild area nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range.
This is one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest left in the world, 2 million hectares in size and home to numerous Coastal First Nations. It is also home to thousands of species of plants, birds and animals and ancient cedar trees and 90-metre tall Sitka spruce trees. Hundreds of salmon streams flow through valley bottoms and orcas, wolves, grizzlies, and the rare white Kermode (Spirit) bear all live here.
Fifty artists took up paintbrushes and carving tools to celebrate and protect Canada’s fragile raincoast.
At the time, Earth & Spirit was running a storytelling project, lead by Margo McLoughlin: Calling All Elders. It was an invitation to remember our earliest connections to nature as a way to reconnect ourselves to the ‘other than human’ world and to place. Robin June Hood and Ben Fox set off for the Great Bear Rainforest to capture the artists’ stories of how they connected to nature through their art. Here are some of their stories.