Story Behind The Painting: Where The Rivers Meet

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where the rivers meet by teyjah

I created Where The Rivers Meet by using an engraving tool I found lying around and saying: “Hmmm, I wonder what I could use this on?” I first tried it on Hard Molding Paste but it did not carve easily if at all. Then I looked for a Light Molding Paste board. I found it accepted the marks more readily.

After choosing and carving some BC pictograms on to the surface, I decided to try some Iridescent Copper Light which separates the coated mica platelets from the beautiful Jenkins Green that is part of the formulation.

This is one of the more primitive paintings I’ve created in terms of color and technique but I just love the directness of the marks and the brilliance of the iridescent color. Simplicity at its best!

This site is found near Seton and Cayoosh Creek in BC. The Seton River is a tributary of the Fraser River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. This site shows the greatest concentration of pictographs in the BC Interior. Most of the pictographs were documented by ethnologist and anthropologist James A. Teit (1867-1922) who befriended and supported the Salish Tribes of the Interior.

The main panel is more than 130 feet long with three smaller panels. The main panel faces South and the type of rock found is limestone, phyllite and granite. This site was located at the confluence of two well-used migration trails between Interior and Coastal regions and used by Cariboo gold miners. The actual colors are predominantly purple and bright red; but black, pink yellow and orange were also used.