This summer was a big one for me, everything changed after a visit to the Cetacea Lab at Whale Point near Hartley Bay B.C. I was asked to be part of a group of 50 artists who traveled to the Great Bear Rainforest to find images for a book called, "Artists For An Oil Free Coast". Most of the artists made the journey to Bella Bella, midway up the B.C. coast. I chose to travel with my son William to Whale Channel. I was drawn here as it is my ancestral homeland. I went to find the area in which my Grandmother used to spend early summer gathering food. I found the village site and enjoyed being there with my son. What I discovered in the area was the Cetacea Lab where I met two scientists dedicated to learning as much about whales as possible. Janie and Hermann changed the way I look at the ocean and the whales. I came to realize that the humpback whales are beautiful
creatures with an intelligent social system, they talk to each other and the males spend much time singing in the fall. They completely depend on the ocean to carry their voices to each other and noise pollution from large ships with sonar and massive propellers are a great disturbance. Will and I marveled at the sight of seven humpback whales bubble feeding in a synchronized group in Whale Channel. We also saw single humpbacks lunge feeding along the shoreline.
A rare blue moon rose over the Skeena mountains last night and I was reminded of my commitment to the humpback whales and their cousins. As I finish off this story I wait for a call from Janie and Hermannto invite me to listen to the humpback whales when they begin their songs of September.
These are the thoughts of the land and sea that inspire this creation I call
Humpback Moon.

Edition Date: August 2012
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Medium: Block Mount
Image Size: 7" x 9 3/4"