The Pacific Rim Whale Festival is always accepting portfolio submissions for our Festival poster. Please email for details.


2015 Poster Artist 

Claire Watson

Claire Watson Bio

Artist Biography: 

Claire Watson is an Artist, illustrator and freelance graphic designer living with her husband, two kids and Mexican mutt aboard their 42’ Cheoy Lee Ketch in Tofino. She moved from Gabriola Island in 2013 and feels as though Tofino and the wild west coast will be her long-term home.

From 2000 to 2012, Claire created and ran a successful chalk art sign business (one of the original companies of the growing sign trend) where she designed, illustrated and hand lettered custom chalkboard signs for companies both big and small and shipped them all over the world. Her husband Adam worked with her handcrafting and framing all the chalkboards. After 12 years and over 1000 signs, she is now enjoying doing more of the graphic design and illustration side of the work and focuses her energy doing just that. Now surrounded by the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean, her inspiration for her own artistic pursuits has grown.

It is difficult to go anywhere in Tofino without being inspired by the vibrant cultures and ever changing vistas. Claire is a somewhat nautical nomad. She (and her husband) enjoy sailing, traveling, fishing, stand up paddleboarding and just sitting on the beach staring at the horizon.

Claire currently works out of her floating studio in the heart and working docks of Tofino. She is working on setting up additional space in House of Alaia on Fourth Street. You can see her in action on Friday, March 20th at the House of Alaia.

She feels honoured to be the 2015 Whale Festival Artist, and is happy to join the Tofino and Ucluelet’s local art scene.

Please feel free to visit her website at


Want to purchase a poster?

Each year since 1999 the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society has had the pleasure of featuring a local artist’s work through signature posters that are now considered by many as collector’s items!

Although not all years are available, many are! If you are interested in purchasing a PRWF limited edition poster, we suggest a standard minimum donation of $5/poster + shipping toward the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society. We are happy to mail posters to your door. Please make arrangements by contacting the Festival Society. At this time we are unable to accept credit cards, so please be prepared to send cheque or money order to Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society (PO Box 955 Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0).

Here’s how our inventory is currently stocked:

2014 (artist Kelly Deakin Carter): inquire



2013 (artist Marika Swan)/ available for purchase


2012 (artist Allison Tremain) / available for purchase

2012 Poster

2011 (artist Mark Hobson) / available for purchase

2011 Poster

2010 (artist Angie Roussin - Read her bio here!) / available for purchase

2009 Poster

2009 (artist Shannon McWhinney) / available for purchase


2008 (artist Marion Syme) / available for purchase


2007 (artist Mark Hobson) / available for purchase

2007 Poster

2006 (artist Marla Thirsk) / available for purchase - low stock

2005 (artist J. Hollands) / available for purchase

2005 Poster

2004 (artist Suzanne Hare) / out of stock

2003 (artist Marla Thirsk) / available for purchase

2003 poster



2002 (artist Marla Thirsk) / out of stock

2001 (artist Marla Thirsk) / out of stock

2000 (artist Marla Thirsk) / out of stock

1999 (artist Marla Thirsk) / out of stock