"Recognize the beauty... feel drawn to the energy and spirit of the creature itself. Feel the same sense of oneness with nature that the artist feels as he works"
Life size Five Swimming Seals stone carving by local artist Craig Benson, on exhibit at Wickaninnish Inn in beautiful Tofino. Craig lives on Piers Island, a small community in the Gulf Islands north of Victoria (where there are no cars, and only a 130 homes!).
Craig carves all varieties of Northwest coastal creatures, but I most adore his seal carvings which are done in a variety of stone types (soapstone, alabaster, perypholite). They are adorable, captivating and are true symbols of island life...
Playful and full of curiosity, the puppy dog-cute seals pop up all over our coastline... much to my delight!
White Mother and Pup
"Craig is passionate about life on earth, its mystery, magic, beauty and diversity. His work celebrates and honours the creatures with which we share this planet..."
Grey Seal Pair