June 7th, 1973 — Eva Nahanee was one of the women who kept alive traditional west coast cedar basket weaving.
Kathy Robertson was an artist who earned her living as a weaver selling her scarfs in galleries on Salt Spring Island and Vancouver. In her heart, however, she was a painter and that’s what she did most after moving to Vesuvius Beach from West Vancouver almost 20 years ago. Kathy painted with oils en plein air and she was very good. More importantly she was our Salt Spring neighbour and friend. Kathy died a month ago aged 80 from cancer and last weekend there was a celebration of her life in her house on Salt Spring Island.
January 22nd, 2009 — Last year as I was walking through a clear cut on Vancouver Island I stopped to take a picture of two solitary trees left standing. Somehow I thought against my better judgment they made a picture but they certainly didn’t fit into any current project I was working on. When the film was developed I was sure it was just another wasted sheet of film and never printed the image. The picture didn’t work for me. Today as I walked through a show of landscape paintings at the Vancouver Art Gallery I came across Emily Carr’s “Scorned as Timber” and right away realized the reason for thinking my two trees looked like a picture, because Emily Carr had made a similar scene into a picture, and I unconsciously remembered it and duplicated it. All photographers do this, go out looking for pictures, and finding pictures that have been taken before, duplicate them. There’s little original seeing in the world of photography (painting too I suspect but know too little to comment) and few photographers admit it.