6″ × 16″, oil on linen (2016) HBC Trading Post, Port Leopold, Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada
Stepping out of the Zodiac, I passed a large boulder with a hand-carved inscription: .1849.” Arctic explorer Sir James Clark Ross wintered in this sheltered bay while searching for the missing crew of the Franklin Expedition. Then, in the 1920s, the Hudson’s Bay Company set up this trading post. As I looked around through the fog at the barren landscape, I wondered how they managed in such a remote and harsh landscape. I also couldn’t help but think just how suited the conditions were to this sombre scene.