100% Contained, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 16 inches, $210
While I was painting this, a forest fire started less than 10 km from my home. It was far enough away for my home to be safe, but there were other neighbourhoods dangerously close to it. This was the summer of 2015, when British Columbia was experiencing a record-setting dry spell and there were many fires burning throughout the province.
Within a few weeks the fire was contained by the heroic efforts of fire fighters and tree fallers. Tragically, one of the fallers - a local man named John Phare - lost his life fighting this fire. It was devastating for the community and especially his family.
During this time, the painting evolved from a pure abstract into a landscape with a fire burning on a hillside. It causes me to reflect on the bravery of those people who risk their lives for others.
Proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to a local charity: the Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.