It is with profound sadness that family and friends announce the passing of renowned Canadian visual artist Raven Orin Wilson on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at 5:35 p.m. (PDT) in Vancouver, B.C.
She was born Alice Bernice Amelia Wilson to Hiram and Mabel Wilson in Fleming Township, Ont. on March 22, 1931. The daughter of a logger and trapper, Raven grew up living amongst the remote forests of Northwestern Ontario.
Deeply impressed by the wonders of the forests, Raven began documenting her worlds. Developing a socially-conscious conviction over time, Raven's life work of honouring and protecting our magnificent heritage in all of its life forms, including politically, began.
A graduate of the famed Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alta. in the 1960s, Raven painted for many years under the name Alyce Wilson Busch.
Taking her passions across Canada, committing to the positive, among the paintings was the stunning beauty of ceremony and celebration amongst Canada's First Nations.
Selected works include the “Totems of Tanu” of the now extinct Village of Tanu on Tanu Island, Haida Gwaii, the Dogrib festivities at Fort Rae, N.W.T., and the Hard Rock Miner study underground at Steep Rock Iron Mines in Atikokan, Ont.
Politically opposed to Canada's 1980s Free Trade Agreement, Raven worked diligently alongside politician David Orchard attempting to secure a different future for Canada.
You will be missed.
A quiet service to follow.
Online condolences may be offered at Boal Chapel and Memorial Gardens (www.firstmemorialfunderal.com).