They would fill the shallow creek near my house with their bright red bodies every Fall. Despite their enormous size, these fish have no appetite when they enter the freshwater rivers and streams. As a youngster I found this fact very difficult to conceive, how could they not be hungry? We would wade through them in the early Autumn on our way to trout fishing. I would nervously place my bare ankles so close to their toothy mouths and wonder if they would bite me.
As a 13 year old, it was frustrating to spend a whole morning fishing and strike out when these huge beastly salmon swam so near and in such numbers. In this painting I’ve depicted that eerie shallow water which each year can host such immense numbers of large, formerly ocean-living, sockeye salmon.