New acrylic painting on Bowen Island, BC

‘Pacific Madrone II’ – 30″x40″ – 2019 – acrylic on canvas

'Pacific Madrone II' - Art By Di - 2019 - acrylic on canvas - $2400

I cannot help but be inspired every time I visit the south side of Bowen Island. The dry rocky bluffs, expansive views over Georgia Straight, Salish Sea and Vancouver Island. Sunlight and warm ocean breezes. Dare I say it might just be the perfect place to sit and let your mind wander over the ocean, watching the Horseshoe Bay/Nanaimo ferry as it makes its way slowly back and forth to the island. It is not uncommon to see whales along here- orca, humpback and porpoise. Seals play in the kelp forests and sea birds are plentiful. Yet most beautiful is the iconic arbutus – growing steadily among the lichen and salal covered rocks. So I was inspired for this latest westcoast contemporary landscape: ‘Pacific Madrone II’.

'Pacific Madrone II' - Art By Di - 2019 - acrylic on canvas - $2400

'Pacific Madrone II' - Art By Di - 2019 - acrylic on canvas - $2400

The Pacific Madrone, Pacific Arbutus or Arbutus menziesii is a species of evergreen tree native to the North American west coast; inhabiting rocky coastal bluffs from British Columbia south to California. Their iconic bark peels into brilliant shades of yellow, yellow-green, orange, red and rusty brown. They can live up to 250 years and when fully mature grow up to 100 feet in height with trunks 5 to 8 feet thick. You often see these younger, twisted trees clinging along the coast, leaning out towards the salt air they so love.

'Pacific Madrone II' - Di - 2019 - acrylic on canvas - $2400

Come see this latest artwork available exclusively at the Catching Stars Gallery on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

‘Pacific Madrone II’ – 2019 – 30″ x 40″ – acrylic on canvas – UVLS Polymer varnish – (sold)


  1. Jeanette Lodoen on 13/04/2019 at 3:45 am

    Gorgeous work, as always, Di!

    • artbydi on 13/04/2019 at 8:55 am

      Thank you Jeanette!!

  2. Ian Henley on 13/04/2019 at 11:51 am

    Hello Di

    I do nit thunk I have ever seen seen such an amazing image of what I call an arbutus tree. You have the ability and talent to see the essence of a scene and create an image is distinctive and unforgettable.

    Thank you fir including me in your distribution list.

    • artbydi on 15/04/2019 at 10:43 am

      Hi Ian thank you so so much! I am incredibly honored for your feedback and friendship, and your support over the years has meant so much to me. I can honestly say I might not be where I am if it wasn’t for you and your encouragement. Thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂

    • Judy Hart on 07/10/2019 at 8:48 pm

      Hi do!
      I’m a friend of Lucy goodbrand. My son lives in Nanaimo and loves your work. Is it possible to buy a piece online and have it delivered to him?

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