About This Project

This mandala celebrates the annual run of the red salmon in the Kenai river. Each year, nearly 1 million fish make their way upstream to spawn, lay eggs and die. During the process the fish turn a deep red color and are known for being particularly good to eat.

I drew the lifecycle into this mandala with brass instruments oxygenating the water. I find it particularly beautiful that the salmon fight so hard to meet their fate. As humans, we tend to run away from death, not toward it.

This piece has not yet been reproduced and is available as an original only.

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