I grew up gill-net fishing. My last year fishing on a gill-net boat would be Chum season, in the Salish Sea, back in those last years when wild salmon was still a viable industry.
I recall a November evening off the coastline of Qualicum beach. The memory is so clear that I can feel the cool wind and see the moonrise. Every year the season began near the Skeena river for sockeye and ended in the Salish sea fishing for chum salmon. I recall thinking how good it would be getting back to my career as an artist.
The years flew quickly by and I found myself enjoying the company of sports fishermen at Good Hope Cannery in Rivers Inlet. I was enjoying a conversation with a young man, Luke Allard, who told me of his love of fishing tiger chum late in the season. He described the large hooked nose and big teeth of the chum and how they turned purple and orange late in the year.
I knew I had to pay homage to the chum salmon and the years of salmon fishing that gave me a love for the sea, which remains with me to this day.
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Image Size: 9" x 21"
Edition Size: 100