This fall, a friend of mine reminded me of the series of fishing boats that I have done and commented that I had omitted halibut fishing. Roly sent me a photo of his uncle's halibut boat, "Yankee Boy", and that old photo showing he boat rigged for halibut was the inspiration for this Solstice 2000 work.
I use to hear incredible stories of the hardships of fishing for halibut when my Dad came home from the sea. I remember names like Kamchatka, The Bering Sea, Yankee Boy and Sleeprobber; these were the names of places and boats familiar to all who know halibut fishing on the Northwest Coast. Some of my favorite stories include incredible 500 pound halibut and temperatures so extreme that the crew had to take axes and chop ice off the decks so they could work.
This work is dedicated to those men who braved the elements in search of halibut all over the Northwest Coast.
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Image Size: 7 1/2" x 13"
Edition Size: 150