A Beautiful Monster
Chili painted this wave as part of his Ireland series. In 2015, looking to surf, he spent 7 weeks near the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry. The waves were huge on most days though—far too big to surf—so Chili just enjoyed watching the power of nature and translating those experiences onto canvas.
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.