Low winter light hangs over the landscape, leaving the arbutus trees dancing freely beside the deep blues of the sea in Navy Channel. It is just one of those moments that are wanting to last forever. Mayne Island is one of the Southern Gulf Island beauties that releases its precious gifts to the viewer any time of the year. I feel part of this land, sea and sky at times like these. I had done a plein air painting sketch which was used almost exclusively as reference for this larger canvas.