Ancient Path

acrylic on canvas
40″ x 60″


Light penetrating
into the ancient darkness,
we walk the path.

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Here, the silence is so deep amidst this abundance of life as we pause on the path that takes us through this ancient rain forest. There is more life surrounding us here than anyplace I’ve ever been. Huge tree trunks like ancient cathedral pillars that the three of us with outstretched arms and holding hands couldn’t come close to encircling.

The green, spongy, moss, many different kinds, soften everything as they cover rocks and climb the trees. Other kinds, gossamer like, hanging high from gnarled branches mix a light, floating feeling, with the weight of the trees.

Overwhelming gratefulness arises for the privilege of being here and for the many kind people that opened the path through this enchantment. And again that deep, penetrating, silent stillness, a hush much deeper than just peaceful. Then the sound of a bird’s wings beating through the air. Then soundlessness.

In the distance, through the trees, the warm morning sun lifts the mist from the mountains. The light penetrates the hushness and darkness of this primeval forest and more slowly now we move on down the path.

-Matthew Coleman
Sept 10th 2014

Purchasing Original Paintings

Interested in one of my paintings? Let me know which painting you have in mind. Paintings can be picked up, or we can arrange shipping. If you are here on Saltspring Island, I can bring it to you to see how it looks in your space.



Selections of my work are available as giclee prints. They are museum quality, printed with archival inks on archival matte paper. Each print is signed, matted to fit standard sized frames and comes with a certificate of authenticity. See the them in my online shop:



I can create a unique painting designed specifically for you. Inquiries are welcome. We can discuss size, color palette, subject and price. Here are some examples of commissioned works I have done:
“Through the Trees”
“Blue Skies”


About the Canvas

I build my own stretcher-frames, and stretch the canvas. The paintings are 1.5″ deep, with the outside edges preserved as clean raw canvas. This method of preparation allows for a frameless presentation.

Constructing Stretcher Frame