I'm proud to present the completed painting for BRITISH COLUMBIA
Original Photograph submitted to CANADA E2W by Myra Russ Photos (scroll to see the photograph)
Originally from Vancouver island, Myra Russ is First Nations from Hesquiaht. She was born and raised in Vancouver B.C. where she met her husband Marshall. It was with Marshall that she visited Haida Gwaii for the first time in May of 1984. Together they moved to Prince Rupert that same year, and later moved to Haida Gwaii in October of 2000.
Myra has 3 daughters Nicole, Grace and Jaylene. And one stepdaughter Allison. 7 grandchildren, 4 girls and 3 boys. .
A word from Myra, "I am not a professional photographer but I do love taking pictures. Thanks for finding me on Instagram! Haida Gwaii is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth."
I suggest you pop over to Myra's Instagram @russmyra to see her amazing captures of the Haida Gwaii coast line. Her passion shines through in the sunsets you will find there.
One night on Haida Gwaii, Nikita ran down the beach so far I could barely see her white glow bouncing back and forth from the ocean to the forest. After a few hours passed and she hadn't returned I figured she had better things to do that night, so went to bed. Around 6AM she gave me a knock at the camper and came right in, jumped up into the bed, under the blankets and into full cuddle. She snored peacefully for the next 2 hours.
I am nature and a lesson of the Haida Culture. Look after each other and be generous. Never take more than you need. Enjoy, share, and resect the lands and waters that sustain you. Everything I have has a purpose. Look after me, and in turn, I will always look after you. -Haida Proverb #haidagwaii