I moved to the coast in the early 1970s from Toronto. My dream was to work on a fish boat, which I did for many years, fishing for salmon. During that time I also planted fir, spruce, hemlock and cedar trees in the coastal forests from northern Vancouver Island up to the Bella Coola valley.
In those years my work was all outdoors and that is where I developed an appreciation of the beauty of this coast, from the ocean to the dense forests and mountains.
My artwork now reflects those experiences, with distinct references to our local north shore mountain and ocean landscape.
With my smoke fired vessels I try to achieve the look and feel of wood and bone. Much as when I pass an arbutus tree, I need to feel the wood under the bark.
My long tubes are inspired by dentalium shells, tusk-like mollusks harvested off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula by the NUU-Chah-Nulth peoples. In pre-contact times these shells were used for adornment and widely traded throughout the interior and western mountains. They are still harvested by their descendants today.
Find Anthea’s work in The Shop at CityScape at 335 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver.