Catherine Taron
Vancouver Island Visual Artist

Mackenzie Beach Driftwood

11 x 14 watercolour on 300# Arches cold-pressed paper

On one of my trips back to Tofino, I was staying with family to celebrate a significant birthday. While fog and sun teased us through our weekend, it did not prevent great local hiking and many beach walks, including along Mackenzie Beach, the subject of this painting. This marriage of rocks and driftwood is at the northern end of the beach, although with the changes of tides and weather since I was there, its configuration could be altogether different by now. I love how weathered but battered driftwood reveals a surprisingly red interior, the injuries of rocky shoreline encounters.