Original: oil on canvas, 48 inches in diameter; © Lee Robinsong 1992
In 1991, Lee Robinsong moved from a house by the ocean to a cabin deep in the forests of British Columbia’s Cortes Island. With the change in location came a change in perspective. Life by the ocean offers long views to the horizon and an outward focus. Life in his forest cabin enveloped Lee, turning his perspective inward.
Climbing up onto neighbouring bluffs and looking over the forest to the ocean let Lee reflect on both. “South Cortes Blufflands under Mackerel Sky” brings the outward view together with the inner. It’s a meeting point reflecting the patterns of the sky in the mossy landscape of the granite bluffs below.
The original four-foot canvas was painted in the depths of winter, Lee says, when the memory of mid-summer heat and the scent of pine and ocean breezes brought light and hope to the season’s short dark days.