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Drawn to sea : paintbrush to chainsaw-- carving out a life on BC's rugged Raincoast /
Yvonne Maximchuk.
Halfmoon Bay, BC : Caitlin Press, 2013.
272 p. : ill.
1927575036 (Paper), 9781927575031 (Paper)
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Halfmoon Bay, BC : Caitlin Press, 2013.
1927575036 (Paper)
9781927575031 (Paper)
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A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Yvonne Maximchuk was raised in the Lower Mainland where she graduated from Douglas College with an Associate of Arts degree. She now lives with her husband, Albert Munro, and their new kitty, in the home, studio and art retreat they built on the shore of Gilford Island near Echo Bay. When she is not painting or working with clay she explores the beauty and mystery of the islands and inlets in her 16-foot speedboat the Sea Rose. She often ties her boat to bull kelp to hold it in position while she paints on location. Yvonne co-wrote Full Moon, Flood Tide (Harbour Publishing) with Billy Proctor in 2003. View Yvonne's art at
Main Description
In the early 1980s, Yvonne Maximchuk, a single mother of two, was living in Whiterock, BC, and making a living as a working artist and art instructor. Then she fell in love with Albert, a crab fisherman who fished the waters of Boundary Bay. Drawn to his seemingly idyllic life and her desire for connection with the natural world, Yvonne and her children moved with Albert to Echo Bay, a tiny settlement east of Vancouver Island. Life in this remote community was a lot different from life in the city: there was no running water and electricity had to be generated. The closest grocery store was two hours away by boat, and even a small emergency could be life threatening. But in spite of the challenges, they persevered, building a homestead and thriving off the grid. In this new life, Yvonne learned to do things she had only dreamed of. She cleared land, helped build their home and got to know the community of hardy folkswho were always there to help one another. Soon after arriving in Echo Bay, Yvonne met Billy Proctor, a BC coastal icon and fisherman. Intrigued by his life on the sea, she asked to join him as he fished the coast looking for chinook and sockeye salmon, ling cod and tuna. Eight seasons of fishing with Billy took her on many adventures to the challenging waters and enchanting islands of BC. Inspired, she captured on canvas the mysteries and treasures of the wild Pacific coast. In 'Drawn to Sea' Yvonne creates stunning, lyrical word pictures of her home in the Broughton Archipelago. Making the most of the tools available, from paintbrush to chainsaw, she has flourished in this remote area, carving out a home and a career in a place far from just about everyone.
Table of Contents
Map of Echo Bay and Areap. 8
Introductionp. 11
Prologuep. 13
The Call of the Wildernessp. 15
Northwesterly Nightmarep. 22
The Rough and the Smoothp. 27
It All Breaks Downp. 35
Getting Landedp. 39
Not Approvedp. 48
Coastal Communicationsp. 53
Found and Lostp. 61
Lovers and Salmonp. 68
House as Ideap. 76
Community Ritualsp. 80
Being Billy's Deckhandp. 86
Fishing the Mighty Chinookp. 97
Fishing the Gullyp. 106
Wedding in the Parkp. 112
The Salvage Expeditionp. 119
Sockeye 93 Buys the Roofp. 130
Rafting the Wakemanp. 134
At One (?) With the Universep. 140
Gaining the Summitp. 144
A Grateful Elationp. 151
Miraculous Wonderful Sockeyep. 157
A Long Hard Voyagep. 165
Stand-Off on the Boomstickp. 176
The Ling Cod Trip From Hellp. 183
Fishing Againp. 190
Eating Gilford Islandp. 198
Canoes to Kingcomep. 206
In Search of the Single Delightp. 216
Beginnings and Endingsp. 221
My Inspirationp. 231
Rediscovering Clayp. 240
Being Mother Naturep. 246
Memorial For Sharonp. 254
Yvonne P.'s Legacyp. 260
Epiloguep. 264
Acknowledgementsp. 272
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