I was inspired to go to the “Great Bear” from articles given to me by my daughter Erin , an avid Supboarder. These were about efforts being made to make Canadians aware of the looming disasters and harm that was threatening this pristine area. I was enthralled by Ian McCallister’s award winning movie ”Spoil”. I read about a unique sailing ship that could have been the sister of the “Bluenose” that took tourists along the remote Rainforest coastline called the Mapleleaf Adventures. I had to see and experience the land myself.
The power of the wilderness, the animals, the majesty of the landscape were all there. The most impressive was the dedication of so many making it their life work to preserve the area intact. it blew me away. So many knowledgeable people were working gathering data about fragility of the existence of the wildlife living in the region.
In my small way I want to contribute to these efforts to preserve the habitat of the Great Bear. Two people have helped me with their photos and generously allowed me to use them . All the wolves are from Ian’s beautiful photography. Kevin gave me the Spirit Bear photo. I hope my paintings relay to you the relationship these animals have for each other
Ian McAllister. Executive Director. Ian is a co-founder of Pacific Wild. He is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. He is a member of the ... endangered rainforest. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. http://pacificwild.org
Kevin Smith is an ecotourism entrepreneur and wilderness expedition leader who has been photographing the coast he loves for decades. Sharing the Great Bear Rainforest's wonders to help others understand and protect it is close to his heart. http://mapleleafadventures.com