The purple square represents the relative size of the portrait to a 2 metre x 2 metre maximum size allowed.
Home: Bowen Island, British Columbia
Media: acrylic and oil on cut plywood
Dimensions: 161 x 122 cm
This portrait of Rhia Ironside is part of a series of portraits of land defenders protesting clearcut logging at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island. I met Rhia when she was sitting vigil at the British Columbia Legislature building in front of a slice of old-growth Western red cedar. The “tree cookie” had been brought from recently logged land as a testament to the destruction of life.
I am a Canadian artist with a BFA from Queen’s University. I painted this portrait in my studio on Bowen Island, BC. I paint landscapes and portraits of the people who steward and defend the land.