El Triunfo, An Old Haunt Re-Discovered

I just returned from a town that has haunted me since the early 80’s. When I  first discovered El Triunfo it was a true Mexican ghost town. Nestled in the Serria Laguna Mountains in southern Baja  you’d be hard pressed to run into a living soul back then… just you and the whispering mountain winds bringing voices from the past. The town was old, ancient abandoned 18th century facades of  buildings and haciendas prove it. She was an old silverRead more

The FCA Whistler Workshop 2013

A ‘welcome song’ sung by a lovely first nation young woman drum in hand opened the final evening workshop banquet. We were served a fine salmon dinner in the Lil’wat Cultural Centre; an architect’s contemporary vision of a traditional pit house….beautiful. I reflected back on the last 6 days during a solo performance from fellow artist Dennis Weber;  a lonely but beautiful flute lament. I looked around the room and could see that nobody really wanted to go home. IRead more

West Coast Inside Passage – 2013

If you haven’t sailed up the inside passage put it on your bucket list. I had the opportunity to do just that with an old friend, Paul Robillard on his fine 40 ft boat. Jim Sumi, another old friend joined us near Malaspina Strait in his boat for the long journey north; a wonderful opportunity to catch up on each others lives – our convoy.  I have done the trip twice before in my life. Once when I was youngRead more

Saturna & Quadra, July 2013

Saturna and Quadra Painting trip; Campers and Kayaks 2013. I was out in the wilds of the most gentle islands in the world for the last few weeks. The weather was clear and fine the landscapes, psychedelic. My friend Terry dragged me to the island kicking and screaming but then….Saturna is a mystical place. Great walls of sandstone guard the ragged shores crowned with ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ cedars and exotic arby trees. The ultimate vehicle to enter this worldRead more

Painters @ Painters 2013

Every May long weekend for the last 19 years prominent artists have gathered together at Painters Lodge. To become one of the members there is a process where you must apply and then be ‘voted in’ by the core group. There are unfortunately, member artists that have passed on in the last 20 years and they are the ‘who’s who in the zoo’ of BC art. Each year a new artist is chosen to balance the attrition. One way orRead more

‘Trickster’

Years ago, I dreamt about a jet black raven the evening we discovered the petroglyths on the sandstone beaches of Hornby island. My young family and I spent our summers on that island. It was a wonderful time for the Lynch tribe. A time full of possibility, freedom and growth. Hornby island is as exotic a place as I have ever experienced. Nobody truly understands the purpose and meaning of the 500 plus year old etched symbols and marks. PossiblyRead more

‘Myra Falls’ Strathcona Park, BC Canada

Knowing that I love rocks and water, a repeating subject of my work, a friend of mine mentioned a series of falls in Strathcona Provincial Park. We finally made our way up there last summer and I was not disappointed. Myra Falls is arguably the most magical landscape on the island; a bold statement to make on the island of magical landscapes. The Pocahontas falls undulate down three or four levels into Buttle Lake. They are a short walk inRead more

‘Madre’

I just completed this large canvas entitled ‘Madre’; an ode to the Mexican Baja. The oceans, deserts and mountains down here always confront me with mystery and wonder. (very different from the north west)  The history of the most prominent icon in Mexico ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’ or as the natives call her ‘Tecuatlanopeuh’ (she whose origins were in a rocky summit) is a great read (google) It may help explain my madness. The image of ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’Read more

A Few Days On the East Cape, BCS

I went out to East Cape to see my friends Brent and Betty Heighton the other night and was impressed at the minimal beauty of the area. I really never spent much time out that way. Along with Jon Einersson, we drove out to Zakatitos, told bigger than life stories over dinner, margaritas and watched a fine sunset. The next day I just had to drive out there again and even further around to Cabo Pulmo and painted these pleinRead more