Situated in Southern Haida Gwaii, BC, Burnaby Narrows is one of the richest inter-tidal zones in the world. Chili explored the area aboard the Maple Leaf, a 92-foot, 108-year-old wooden tall ship. Spending a week in the region, Chili was able to jump in the water with a wetsuit and mask in order to truly experience the undersea wonders and seek out inspiration for this piece. The brush strokes on the sea anemones are among some of Chili's most detailed work ... and note the rain forest scene in the upper right corner.
Chili Thom was one of Canada’s preeminent landscape painters, with over 400 original pieces hanging in collections around the globe. Until his untimely death from cancer in 2016 at age 40, Chili lived in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains and pulled artistic inspiration from his time spent exploring the mountains, forests, and coastline of his home.