In the 1980’s, I was based in Prince Rupert, BC and often flew a helicopter charter to a remote Nisga’a village named Kincolith. As there were no roads to the village at that time, it was a common destination, for the doctor, police, fisheries officers, geologists, etc. While waiting for the passengers to conduct their business, I spent countless hours walking around the village and saw many sights that are common to their way of life, but new to me.
In those days I packed a 35mm camera with me and recorded many of those sights. This grandmother was mending gill nets for salmon fishing. Some 20 years later, in 2015, I digitized many of the slides and used one of these as reference photo for this painting.