Bottom’s Up

10″ × 31″, oil on linen (2010) Near Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

From the INTO THE ARCTIC Project

I regularly use canoes as a floating studio to get more intimate perspectives of the land. During my second Arctic expedition, I brought along a Pakboat, a canoe in a bag, hoping to paint an iceberg up close. But the danger of a ’berg flipping – and its potential to draw me into the ocean beneath it – made me hesitant. Fortunately, I witnessed this one turn the day before, offering me a safer opportunity to paddle out for an icy encounter that I will never forget.

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