This week I've been working on a painting that is a bit different from my usual ... there are no trees... but there are pilings. This painting came to me while I was taking the aqua bus in Vancouver from the end of Hornby Street over to Granville Island. As I looked at the pilings, inhaled the salty air and took in all that I saw.... I was filled with joy.
We moved to Vancouver from Ontario in 1984. It was my first glimpse of the beautiful mountains, the pacific ocean, barnacles, orcas, the sea to sky-ness of it. It was where I met friends that I hold dear to this day.
When I look at the ocean, the mountains, the pilings... I see incredible beauty. What is it about the coast that makes my heart so happy? I think it is the memory of all the good times, and good friends that we had and met while living there.
I believe you can find beauty anywhere... i really do, but Vancouver holds a special place in my heart.
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.