My life has been a love affair with British Columbia and it's beautiful coast. If
it wasn't for low tide, I would have been born on the ocean. The tide was out
and the boats were high and dry on the beach in Greenville B.C. back in
1946, so I was born in Greenville on the Nass River instead of a boat on the
way to Prince Rupert.
I have seen many changes on the coast including the depletion of our salmon
stocks over the years. I now live on the banks of the Skeena River near
Hazelton in northern B.C. and support many organizations that fight to defend
the land and and sea. I sit on the board of the Skeena Watershed
Conservation Coalition. I support the Dogwood Initiative so one can see that
my heart is with the land and sea and I will fight to protect what we have left.
When Mark Hobson called me and asked for my involvement with this group,
I did not hesitate. I traveled with my son, William, to Hartley Bay and then on
to King Pacific Lodge on the north end of the Great Bear Rainforest. I was
drawn to this area because of my history and ancestors who lived here
thousands of years ago.
A visit to the Cetacea Lab at Whale Point has changed me forever. I was
given another view of the area, the sea and those who live in the sea. I
learned of the incredible life of whales and how they depend totally on echo
location or sonar to communicate and came to the realization that they could
not live and feed in the waters of Whale Channel with the daily presence of
supertankers. I will return to the Great Bear area and Whale Point to study the
whales and visit with the beautiful Spirit Bear in September this year.
I was inspired to create two pieces immediately and one more to come that
will be titled Whale Point. I will continue to speak for those who cannot speak
for themselves. I will use my voice to teach those who do not know of this
priceless area of our coastline. It is an honor for me to be involved at a deep
emotional level in protecting my home and native land.
Edition Date: September 2012
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Medium: Serigraph
Image Size: 22" x 16"
Edition Size: 100