19″ × 48”, oil on linen (2016) Cornwallis Island, Nunavut, Canada
In 1930, Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson was aboard the Beothic, a supply ship travelling to remote Arctic communities. Passing Cornwallis Island, he saw Cape Hotham jutting up at the ocean’s edge, and was moved to sketch this landscape. Eighty-five years later, I too put pencil to paper while boating past with Inuit guide Randy Nungaq. The hues were more than my graphite could handle, and so this painting was born.